The 32-year-old driver of the gas tanker that exploded on Saturday 24 December 2022, in Boksburg, Gauteng has been released from custody after no case was found against him.
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He was charged with 15 counts of culpable homicide after 18 people were killed and 37 injured when the truck crashed into a bridge setting off an explosion.
According to News24, media at the Boksburg Magistrate’s Court on 28 December was informed by an official from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) that there was no case against the driver. The police found that “there was not enough evidence against him”.
The public and local officials urge truck companies to set precautionary measures that are in the interest and safety of the public.
According to IOL, risk management consultancy Riskonet Africa says the incident should be a warning to transport companies to make sure they have a clear idea of what routes their drivers are taking and the need to ensure a pre-trip evaluation of any potential danger is done.
UPDATE: Boksburg explosion, driver arrested and charged with culpable homicide
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