An articulate truck caught ablaze at the interchange of Heidelberg road
and N3 south near Roodekop section in Katlehong, south of Ekurhuleni.

According to reports, the truck was approaching an off-ramp from the freeway, driving direction Alrode industrial area near Alberton.

The fire started at the truck horse, spreading through the first trailer loaded with bales of papers to the second trailer.

The incident happened on Tuesday evening, July 7.

“The emergency services firefighters from Alberton fire station were immediately called to the scene.

More backup from Hlahatsi and Wadeville fire stations responded with water tanker fire engines to the scene to help accomplish the mission,” explained City emergency spokesperson William Ntladi.

The entire freeway had to be closed for traffic flow for the entire operation.

“Necessary stake-holders were on scene as well to assist with investigations, traffic control, safety from members of the public and rehabilitation of the scene. The road was opened for traffic after the truck was towed away from the scene.

“The driver of the truck wasn’t found on scene and his whereabouts are unknown,” said Ntladi.

Ekurhuleni Metro police officers are conducting investigations into the incident.

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