Sunday, 25 June 2017

Pakistan oil tanker inferno kills at least 140

At least 140 people were killed when a lorry transporting oil burst into flames near the Pakistani city of Ahmedpur East, local officials say.

A crowd had gathered reportedly to collect fuel leaking from the overturned vehicle when it caught fire. Dozens are being treated in hospital.

It appears the tanker blew a tyre while rounding a sharp bend in the road.

The subsequent fire may have been sparked by someone lighting a cigarette, rescue services say.

The country's roads are notoriously dangerous, with poor vehicle maintenance and reckless driving contributing to the problem.
Army helicopters were dispatched to ferry casualties to hospitals, army spokesman Major Gen Asif Ghafoor said in a tweet.

Pakistani media have published pictures from the scene, showing charred bodies and vehicles. There are fears that the death toll could rise further.

At least six cars and 12 motorcycles were burnt, Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reports.

Some victims may only be identified by DNA sampling as bodies were badly burned in the incident, reports say.

BBC     News.

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