Pakistan Oil Tanker Inferno Kills at Least 123
Albanian Daily News
Published June 25, 2017
Pakistan's Samaa TV released footage of the fire's aftermathAt least 123 people were killed when a lorry transporting oil burst into flames near the Pakistani city of Bahawalpur, local officials say.
A crowd had gathered reportedly to collect fuel leaking from the overturned vehicle when it caught fire. Dozens are being treated in hospital.
Unconfirmed reports suggest the tanker had been speeding when it overturned.
People smoking at the scene may have sparked the fire, Pakistan's Geo TV reports, quoting eyewitnesses.
The country's roads are notoriously dangerous, with poor vehicle maintenance and reckless driving contributing to the problem, correspondents say.
Army helicopters were dispatched to ferry casualties to hospitals, army spokesman Major Gen Asif Ghafoor said in a tweet.
Pakistani media have published pictures from the scene, showing charred bodies and vehicles. There are fears that the death toll could rise further.
At least six cars and 12 motorcycles were burnt, Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reports.
Some victims may only be identified by DNA sampling as bodies were badly burned in the incident, reports say.