Johannesburg – With heavy rains and hail in southern Gauteng, taxi passengers and others escaped serious injuries Friday afternoon after the roof of a gas station collapsed on three vehicles in Vereeniging.
The incident happened around 1:50 p.m. off Seeiso Road in Sharpville, ER24 spokesman Russel Meiring said in a statement. Fortunately, only two men in their twenties were slightly injured.
At approximately 1:50 p.m., ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene and found that a roof of a gas station had collapsed on a small bus, a taxi and a light motor vehicle. The drivers and passengers had taken refuge in the nearby store, ” Meiring said.
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Doctors evaluated the patients and found that two men, presumably in their twenties, had suffered only minor injuries. Fortunately, no serious or fatal injuries were found.
The patients were treated and then transported to Kopanong Provincial Hospital for further care.
Heavy rains and hail are believed to have played a role in the cause of the collapse. Local authorities were on the scene for further investigations. “
Flooding was also reported at Midvaal Hospital in Trois-Rivières and at a shopping center, with several reports of areas underwater in parts of southern Gauteng.
The SA Meteorological Service (SAWS) yesterday issued a thunder shower warning over Gauteng on Friday afternoon.
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The SAWS said scattered thunder showers would occur in southern areas of Gauteng, namely Vereeniging, Vanderbijlpark and surrounding areas.
Isolated thunderstorms are also expected in northern parts of the province, including the Bronkhorstspruit, Centurion, Pretoria, Midrand and other areas.
The weather could persist for the rest of the weekend.
The northwest, Free State, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal are also likely to experience thunder showers, SAWS said.
He also warned that thunder showers could lead to localized flooding in low-lying areas and the risk of damage to cars on the roads as well as critical infrastructure.