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Update: Boksburg Gas Tanker Explosion Death Toll Rises To 26, Driver Released

Update: Boksburg Gas Tanker Explosion Death Toll Rises To 26, Driver Released

The death toll in the Boksburg gas tanker explosion has risen to 26, according to Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi.

He also said two people are still missing.

South Africa’s health minister, Joe Phaahla on Sunday said three of the deceased were staff members at Tambo Memorial Hospital, which is located near the accident scene.

Thirty-seven people, including firefighters who were trying to extinguish the blaze, were admitted to the hospital following the blast on Saturday.

The explosion occurred when a truck carrying gas burst into flames and then exploded.

Eyewitnesses said the truck driver didn’t check the height restriction of the bridge and the gas truck was stuck under the bridge before it exploded.

The force of the blast damaged parts of the hospital and some patients were moved as a precaution.

The driver was arrested on Monday and charged with multiple counts of culpable homicide, negligent driving, negligent causing of an explosion resulting in death, and malicious damage to property.

Gauteng Police Spokesperson Brenda Muridili confirmed the arrest of the 32-year-old suspect on Sunday at a private hospital where he had been receiving medical treatment for minor injuries. 

He was released on Tuesday after the court found that there wasn’t enough evidence.

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15 Comments

g 1 month ago

court ngaingoti tamuregedza chete kwete kuti hapana umbowo. i negligence iripachena kupinda nepasi peflyover pane ma height restrictions apo wakatakura such a dangerous substance. chete mamwe mashofe haagone kuverenga anenge akatotenga neprovisional yacho chongozikanwa kunanga road


1 month ago

Was there a height restriction sign before the bridge or at the bridge?

kkkk 1 month ago

released becoz of no enough evidence zviriko here izvi ndarasvika law inondinetsa


Nimrod 1 month ago

He was grossly negligent but was it intentional? lt is said he shouted at onlookers to disperse because the tankers wouldsoon explode. But people not listen. that is why iye had minor injuries,.because he got away from the truck and moved to safety.

Curosity killed the cat is an age long proverb.


g 1 month ago

culpable homicide is 3rd degree murder meaning its not intentional but avoidable loss of life

driver 1 month ago

ofcoz the height restrictions were there but the driver didn't know the height of his truck. So we can't say it's negligence. Negligence occured wen he warned pple that the tanker will explode bt they negligently ignored him. Accidents happen everytime bt people must learn not to stay close to the scene until given the greenlight by expertise. Now curiosity killed many cats.


g 1 month ago

what kind of driver drives without knowing the height of his truck. ignorance is no defense. muri muno angadai atove kuchikurubi

muongorori wenhau 1 month ago

Humbowo hupi hwaidiwa apa kkkkkkk


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arrest the driver 1 month ago

he was supposed to check the route first,he was ( carrying a bomb), requiring being extra cautious.Tank drivers are expected do a risk assessment of the route,it's like driving a bank truck full of money you have to pree plan the route do a security/traffic background check of the route before departure and in the course of your journey.Its all about planning and vigilance on the road.


1 month ago

Checking the route is the job of his supervisors and bosses .So you are implying that if lm a truck driver and asked to deliver a load to DRC l should first drive there to check the state of the roads?l believe this guy was given a route to follow mind you the trucks are always being monitored via GPS by the company head office.

arrest the driver 1 month ago

then his supervisors and bosses should be held accountable because they gave the guy wrong information pertaining to the route in as far as the height plus bridge: flyover height:is concerned.Remember we are talking about a bomb here(gas),not a driver carrying maize to the DRC.Pilots do a preflight planning all the time. in addition, these tank trucks should be escorted by some kind of sweeper vehicles infront in order to alert the tank driver for possible obstacles ahead.Gas and Fuel trucks when they explode it's as good as a bomb.In a normal world they should be transported via an underground pipeline only.

1 month ago

That's the duty of managers, not a mere driver. The trucking company was supposed to have done those route assessments before sending their driver. The driver might loose his job but a big loss goes to the company.

driver 1 month ago

they is no loss to the truck and gasoline coz everything is insured even the driver had a functional medical aid, u can't be a transporter without full cover of th cars I question


1 month ago

That's what happens when you put a S. T. U. P. D driver in charge of a dangerous goods vehicle.


1 month ago

Hapana aivapo v**** ....keep Ziro.!



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