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Boksburg fuel tanker death toll rises to 27

The death toll from the fuel tanker explosion in Boksburg South Africa has risen to 27 after nine more people died late Wednesday into Thursday morning.

South Africa’s Department of Health spokesperson Foster Mohale confirmed the death toll, saying ten of them are health workers from Tambo Memorial Hospital.

The truck, which was carrying LPG gas, exploded after it became stuck under a low bridge.

Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi says most families of the victims of the truck explosion are finding it difficult to cope with their loss.

The truck driver, who was arrested in connection with the incident has been released on a warning.

A memorial service for the victims will be held on Friday and the provincial government says it will be in a position to give a final detailed report of the incident.

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