The town of Worcester was rocked by a gas tanker explosion early on Wednesday morning.

Residents reported hearing a series of huge bangs, with numerous roads now closed.

A truck transporting gas bottles overturned and exploded – unleashing an inferno – in Worcester in the Western Cape on Wednesday morning.

Western Cape transport and public works spokesperson Ntomboxolo Somdaka tweeted that the explosion happened in High Street.

It was reported that two firefighters and one other person were injured in the blast. People who live several kilometres away reported feeling a tremor from the explosion.

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The Twitter account @SALTruckers said a driver whose truck was “obliterated” when he drove past the explosion was in “critical condition and fighting for his life” in a Worcester hospital.

The municipality said road closures affected the N1 Meirings Park entrance as well as road closures in High Street, Smit Street, Field Street, Brown Street and Church Street.

“This is as a result of a gas truck that exploded in the area. The public is encouraged to make use of other routes, reduce speed and exercise caution.”

After the explosion, the fire spread to a nearby building.

 

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The town of Worcester was rocked by a gas tanker explosion early on Wednesday morning. Residents reported hearing a series of huge bangs, with numerous roads now closed. A truck transporting gas bottles overturned and exploded - unleashing an inferno - in Worcester in the Western Cape on Wednesday morning. Western Cape...