The services have managed to contain and extinguish an inferno that started after a petrol leak accident on the N3 highway.
According to the reports, the heavy-duty vehicle caught fire on Sunday night following a mechanical failure registered in one of them. The blaze quickly spread forming a huge column of fire which could have been seen from a far distance all across Van Reenen’s Pass.
“A dual fuel tanker with trailer, carrying both petrol and diesel, caught fire due to a mechanical failure on the N3 Toll Route while parked in a lay-by near the Pyramid Motel last night. Fuel leaked from the burning trailer across the road and also caught alight, setting another four trucks stacked at the scene on fire,” the N3 Toll Concession told the journalists.
The officer will continue to work on the scene throughout the day in order to finalise the mop-up and recovery operations. As a result, the road around the scene will be partly blocked for the motorists.
There have been no death or injuries reports so far.
N3 Van Rheenen. Two tankers collided last night. Other vehicles also damaged. pic.twitter.com/Ita6v6nsJ5
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) December 2, 2019