The streets in the Boland town had to be cordoned off after a gas tanker had exploded near the industrial area at 6:15am this morning. Fortunately, the nearby factories were still closed at the time.
“Early this morning there was a petrol tanker that exploded in High Street in Worcester near the industrial area. High Street has been blocked off and the fire brigade and all medical and rescue personnel are on the scene, and the nearby roads to the scene have been closed off,” Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Anton Bredell confirmed.
He added that the explosion had been caused by a civilian bakkie. It went through the vapour cloud left by the damaged tanker and caused the fire that led to the explosion.
Five buildings and two vehicles (the tanker and the bakkie) were completely destroyed and another four buildings have been partially destroyed.
The latest report revealed that three men had been injured. The driver of the bakkie is currently in ICU with burn wounds. Two firefighters were treated for minor injuries.
Bredell advised the firefighters from the Breede Valley fire department would remain on the scene until all operations were over.