Harsh weather conditions causes roof to collapse at petrol station in Sharpeville

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Gauteng showed no signs of Spring when the roof of a Global petrol station collapsed onto three vehicles, injuring two people on Friday. This due to heavy rain and hail, reports IOL.

“At approximately 13:50, ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene to find that a roof of a service station had collapsed on a small bus, a taxi and a light motor vehicle. The drivers and passengers had taken refuge in the nearby shop,” explained ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring.

It is reported that only two men sustained minor injuries. “The patients were treated and thereafter transported to Kopanong Provincial Hospital for further care,” said Meiring.

News24 states that local authorities were on the scene to further investigate the incident.

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) had previously issued a warning of thundershowers throughout the province on Friday in the southern region in areas, such as Vereeniging, Vanderbijlpark and its surrounding areas, says IOL.

The same conditions are expected in the northern parts, namely Bronkhorstspruit, Centurion, Pretoria, Midrand and other areas.

SAWS states that other provinces – North West, Free State, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal – may also experience thundershowers, says the publication.

Citizens are expected to prepare for the possibility of localised flooding in low-lying areas and damage to vehicles and infrastructure, warned SAWS.