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Two die, two injured in Joburg chemical tanker crash

Two die, two injured in Joburg chemical tanker crash

Two people died and two were injured after a chemical tanker and two cars collided on the N1 northbound between William Nicol Drive and Rivonia Road in Johannesburg.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said the accident happened at about 9am on Tuesday.

“A chemical truck was lying on its side on the side of the road while two light motor vehicles were a short distance away, one alight and another on its roof.

“It is understood medics pulled a man and woman from the burning vehicle.”

Meiring said the man pulled from the burning vehicle had died while the woman was in a critical condition.

He said the truck driver was found lying on the highway in a serious condition and a woman from the overturned vehicle escaped with minor injuries.

The injured patients were transported to nearby hospitals for further care.

Johannesburg metro police department (JMPD) spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said the tanker was empty at the time of the accident.

Minnaar said motorists could expect heavy traffic delays.

The JMPD confirmed later the critically injured woman had passed away.