Tebogo Msimanga |
The police traced and arrested the driver of the tanker at a private hospital where he had been receiving medical treatment for minor injuries. The 32-year-old suspect has been charged with multiple counts of culpable homicide and negligent causing of an explosion resulting in death in Boksburg.
Gauteng Police spokesperson Brigadier Brenda Muridili said preliminary investigations found that the loaded gas tanker got stuck trying to drive through a low bridge and the impact resulted in an explosion. “The gas tanker was allegedly driving from Richard’s Bay en route to Botswana. The driver as well as several people who sustained injuries including eight firefighters were taken to various hospitals for medical treatment”.
Muridili added that so far, 15 people are reported to have sustained fatal injuries including a 10-year-old boy. “The full damage to infrastructure as well as the private property will be communicated in due course. The incident scene is still being cleared”.
The suspect will appear before the Boksburg Magistrates Court on 28 December 2022.