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At Least 150 People Killed After Oil Truck Catches Fire In Pakistan

Local residents demeanour during burnt bodies after an oil tanker held glow on a highway Sunday in Pakistan.

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Local residents demeanour during burnt bodies after an oil tanker held glow on a highway Sunday in Pakistan.

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Updated during 8:20 a.m. ET

At slightest 150 people who had collected to collect fuel from an overturned tanker lorry in Pakistan were killed when it held glow Sunday, according to The Associated Press.

More than 100 people were injured, many with serious burns.

“Authorities contend many of a bodies are burnt over approval and a genocide fee is expected to rise,” contributor Abdul Sattar in Islamabad reports for NPR. “Children and women are among a injured.”

The oil tanker was roving to a city of Lahore in Pakistan’s Punjab range when one of a tires burst, causing it to overturn outward of a city of Bahawalpur. Hundreds of people collected around it, perplexing to collect a oil after it began leaking.

“People vital in roadside villages, carrying domestic pots rushed to a stage to collect oil and they also done phone calls to their kin vital in other villages to immediate[ly] come to collect oil,” military told Pakistan’s state-run APP news.

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They told a APP that military attempted to forestall people from collecting oil, warning of a glow hazard, though a crowds abandoned a warnings.

“According to a initial reports, somebody attempted to light a cigarette, and when a spilt fuel held fire, heading to a tanker’s explosion,” rescue workman orator Jam Sajjad Hussain told Reuters.

“Suddenly, outrageous glow erupted in a oil tanker that engulfed all people station around a vehicle,” military told a APP. They pronounced a tanker was carrying about 6,600 gallons of oil.

“At slightest 3 cars and some-more than 70 motorcycles were also broken in a flames,” Sattar reports.

Dozens of people are being treated in hospitals; several people were airlifted by helicopter. DNA contrast might be compulsory to brand some of a victims, according to a BBC.

It took firefighters some-more than dual hours to put out a fire, Reuters reports.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has been in London, is “immediately” returning to Pakistan to respond to a incident, a APP reports. He “has voiced low grief over a complicated detriment of life in a hapless collision of oil tanker glow during Ahmad Pur Sharqia, Bahawalpur,” he pronounced in a matter from his bureau to Reuters.