5 injured as roof collapses in Krugersdorp during massive hailstorm

2016-01-09 22:32
(Netcare 911)

(Netcare 911)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Five people have sustained minor to serious injuries after a section of the roof at Key West Shopping Centre in Krugersdorp, west of Gauteng, collapsed on Saturday afternoon, paramedics said.

All the injured were stabilised on scene before being taken to nearby hospitals for further treatment, Netcare 911 Athlenda Mathe said.

Meanwhile, heavy rainstorms and hail have caused dozens of motorists to scramble to cover their cars, while others helped rescue motorists stuck in flooded roads.

Mogale City's public safety manager Chief Superintendent William Nchefu said hail the size of eggs began falling heavily around 18:00 in the area.

"It started drizzling and then shortly after that it just started hailing."

About five major accidents were recorded during the storm, which lasted about an hour, he said.

"One car slipped and rolled on the road because the hail was almost 20 centimetres high on the surface."

Nchefu said the sudden rush for motorists to move their cars under some form of cover was the main cause of the accidents that had occurred during the storm.

A number of vehicles were dented, with their windows and windscreens damaged during the storm, including official vehicles, he said.

Although the storm had come to an end around 19:00, Nchefu urged motorists to drive with caution as the roads were still very wet and slippery.

Although both Netcare 911 or ER24 had not been called to rescue any motorists, some motorists had captured scenes of the intense storm on social media.

City Press journalist Sipho Masondo assisted in rescuing a motorist who had his car submerged halfway into the water.

Krugersdorp resident Brendan Evans said he had resorted to covering his cars, duvets, boxes, mats etc to minimise the extent of damage.

"[They] still took a hit, small dents only," he said.

Read more on:    johannesburg  |  weather

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.