Srinagar, June 25
An oil tanker crashed and exploded on a road near Bahawalpur in Punjab province of Pakistan today killing more than 153 people, many of whom had rushed to collect leaking fuel, Dawn reported.
The tanker, carrying 40,000 litres of fuel, overturned after trying to make a sharp turn while travelling from Karachi to Lahore on the main highway, the report said.
Nearly a hundred people were injured as a result of the incident, the government officials told Dawn.
A doctor at Bahawalpur’s Victoria Hospital in south Punjab said the latest deaths occurred at a hospital in Multan where some of the 50 critically injured were taken, many of them suffering extensive burns, the report added.
A senior rescue official in the area said the death toll could rise further as dozens are still in critical condition, the report said.
The disaster occurred when hundreds of residents of a nearby village gathered at the site of an overturned oil tanker to collect the leaking fuel. It’s believed that a spark from the many cars and motorcycles that raced to the scene ignited the fuel, the report added.