N1 explosion was vehicle with trailer transporting petrol, says emergency services

One person was injured when a vehicle towing a trailer transporting petrol exploded on the N1 highway near the William Nicol Drive off-ramp on Friday.

Johannesburg emergency services spokesperson Xolile Khumalo said it was not a tanker explosion as initially believed.

“It is not a petrol tanker that exploded, it was… a vehicle carrying a petrol on a trailer.

“A Mahindra truck pulling a trailer that was containing a small tanker that was about a thousand litres got involved in an accident … between William Nicol and Malibongwe drive. Only one person got injured… and is now being attended to.”

According to Kyle van Reenen of Emer-G-Med, their emergency services personnel and multiple emergency service agencies responded to the scene.

“One person was treated for moderate injuries and taken by Emer-G-Med ambulance to a nearby hospital for further care,” van Reenen said. 

Traffic remains heavy in the area as the roadway remains closed for cleanup operations.

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