20 killed in China fuel tanker crash
on 29/06/2012 10:32:51
The tanker was carrying 40 tons of petrol when it crashed into the other vehicle early this morning on an expressway in Guangzhou city, capital of Guangdong province, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
Oil leaked from the tanker and triggered an explosion that set a timber mill and work sheds located under the expressway bridge on fire. Most of those hurt were workers from the factory and one of them was severely injured.
Other Chinese media reported that the fire blazed across 2,000 square metres, burning several other vehicles.
As the fire raged in the pre-dawn hours, nearby residents said they heard at least two loud bangs.
"There often are overloaded container trucks passing by, so I thought maybe a container fell off a truck and did not think too much about it," one man said.
"But when the second bang went off, the force of the explosion was so strong it made me bounce a little on my bed," he said.
The Guangdong Provincial People's Hospital in Guangzhou said the facility was treating two of the injured people. One suffered 80% burns and the other 90%, she said.