Baku, June 25, AZERTAC
An oil tanker caught fire minutes after it overturned as its tyres burst near Bahawalpur in Punjab, Pakistan, leaving at least 127 people dead at 6am Sunday morning, according to Pakistani The Express Tribune daily newspaper.
Soon after the lorry’s flipping over its fuel tank burst causing the petrol to flood the area near Ahmadpur East on KLP Road.
Over 200 people, including women and children, were injured when most of them gathered to collect the leaking oil from the lorry. More than 50 people sustained severe burn wounds and are in critical condition.
It’s reported that some people were smoking at the site which resulted in the fire of the tanker.
According to a preliminary report, more than 70 people have been shifted to Bahawal Victoria Hospital, Bahawalpur which is an hour drive away from the site of the incident.
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