A truck assistant sustained critical injuries, a driver was hospitalised for minor injuries and an additional two drivers escaped uninjured when three trucks collided on the N3 northbound, between the Van Buuren on-ramp and Gillooly’s interchange in Bedfordview on Monday

According to Ekurhuleni Emergency Services spokesperson William Ntladi, a call was received at 16:40 and a rescue team from the local fire station was dispatched to the scene.

More resources were sent from Primrose, Edenvale and Boksburg. A fleet of five fire engines and 21 firefighters were at the scene.

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“When the first fire engine arrived on [the] scene, a petrol tanker fully loaded with 44 000 litres of jet fuel and petrol was alight. The fire was a result of a crash. A second truck involved was loaded with sand, while the third was empty,” Ntladi said.

“Firefighters temporarily closed all five lanes of the freeway while battling the blaze with a mixture of water and foam. The burning fuel tanker was extinguished and saved with minimal fire damage.”

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The scene was handed over to metro police officers who started investigating the matter to determine the cause of the accident.

Image credit: Arrive Alive
Image credit: Arrive Alive
Image credit: Arrive Alive
Image credit: Arrive Alive
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