Overturned tanker in Pakistan kills 148

Elias Hubbard
June 26, 2017

- September 16, 2015, South Sudan: At least 203 killed and 150 injured as people try to recover fuel from an oil tanker following a road accident at Maridi, about 300 kilometres (200 miles) west of the capital Juba. He said many people were covered in oil and burned and that an emergency had been declared in the city.

(Note - Graphic content) Local residents look at burnt bodies after an oil tanker caught fire following an accident on a highway near Ahmedpur East, some 670 km from Islamabad. People rushed to gather the fuel leaking from it before it caught on fire.

Numerous victims were burned beyond recognition, Khan said.

The bodies are yet to identified since a lot of them are unrecognisable due to burn injuries. Victims trapped in the fireball.

Bilal Naseer, an investigative and crime Correspondent for Samaa Tv, a Pakistan news channel tweeted a photograph of the site in which charred bodies can be seen.

In addition, an estimated 20 children were among the dead.

Local police said initial investigation suggested that the fire was triggered after someone on the spot lit a cigarette.

Witnesses described seeing the charred ruins of up to 30 motorbikes that had carried residents to the crash site.

Around 60 people were reported injured and taken to Hospital in critical condition.

"At least 123 people were killed before getting any medical help while the rescue officials shifted more than 100 injured to the district headquarters hospital and Victoria Hospital in Bahawalpur where the condition of majority is critical", Afzal said, adding some 50,000 litres of petrol spilled from the oil tanker. Then the wreck exploded, engulfing people in flames as they screamed in terror.

The tragedy happened on the eve of Eid ul-Fitr celebrations marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Pakistan.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his grief at the accident and ordered authorities to make sure that the victims were treated at the best medical facilities, his office said in a statement. The nearest burns centre is believed to be more than 150 kilometres away. "We turned the traffic to some other roads, and we tried to stop the crowd, but they were in hundreds and did not listen to us, so we were helpless", said Shah.

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