The demise toll from a gasoline tanker explosion in a South African city east of Johannesburg has risen to fifteen, the well being minister stated on Sunday.
“Yesterday (Saturday) the death toll was 10 people and now we are sitting at 15 as of this morning,” Joe Phaahla advised reporters at Tambo Memorial Hospital.
The tanker, carrying liquefied petroleum fuel (LPG), was trapped below a bridge close to the hospital and homes on Saturday morning in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg.
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The minister stated three hospital workers, two nurses and a driver, later died of extreme burns.
Thirty-seven individuals had been injured, together with 24 sufferers and 13 workers members who had been within the hospital’s accident and emergency unit on the time of the explosion.
They “sustained serious burns and have been diverted to nearby hospitals,” Phaahla stated.
Others had been hit by damaged glass, he added, whereas some had been injured whereas within the car parking zone or in entrance of the hospital.
Movies on social media confirmed an enormous fireball below the bridge, which the tanker appeared to have been too excessive to go below.
It was transporting 60,000 liters of fuel oil, which is principally used for cooking and fuel stoves, and had come from the south-eastern a part of the nation.
The well being minister stated the explosion severely broken the hospital’s accident and emergency unit and X-ray departments, including that the roof was additionally broken.