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Tanker truck blast kills at least 19
Published on: 2020-06-15
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A aerial view of the site on Sunday where a tank truck blast killed at least 19 in Zhejiang ProvinceA aerial view of the site on Sunday where a tank truck blast killed at least 20 in Zhejiang Province

The death toll from a Saturday’s gas tanker blast in Zhejiang Province rose to 20, local authorities confirmed.

A total of 172 injured people, including 24 seriously injured, were receiving medical treatment in hospitals.

The accident occurred about 4:40pm on Saturday when the tanker loaded with liquefied petroleum gas exploded near the Liangshan Village in Daxi Town under the city of Wenling at an exit of the Shenyang-Haikou Expressway.

oil 01A second blast occurred when the blown-up tanker fell onto a workshop near the expressway.

Residential houses and factory workshops collapsed from the two explosions.

Video footage of the accident showed a huge ball of fire shooting into the air.

Rescue and search efforts are under way. The cause of the accident is under further investigation.



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