In a horrific incident, At least 150 people were killed when an oil tanker exploded after it overturned in Pakistan’s Punjab province on Sunday morning, police said.
According to the police, Hundreds of people from nearby villages, as well as workers at a mango garden — many of them driving cars or motorcycles — rushed to collect the fuel in pots from the oil tanker which had skidded off the highway and overturned in Bahawalpur city’s Ahmed Pur Sharqia area.
A tanker truck caught fire then exploded after running off the road and killed atleast 150 people including women and children and Over 70 others were injured. They were moved to Bahawalpur Victoria Hospital and other health facilities.
The tanker was carrying 25,000 litres (6,600 gallons) of fuel from Karachi to Lahore, roughly 440 kilometres (273 miles) northeast of Bawalpahur.
The fire brigade arrived on the site of the incident shortly after the blaze started and rescue operations are underway and two fire engines battled the fire and eventually gained control over it.
The explosion destroyed 75 motorbikes and six automobiles and bodies were pulled from cars and a motorcycle rickshaw.
Mohammad Shabbir, a villager, told reporters that the vehicle’s driver had warned people to stay away from the truck but his warnings were not heeded.
“What is the use of this petrol? What will you do with it now?” he asked, gesturing towards a bucket in his hand.
Shortly after the accident, Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif “expressed deep grief over the heavy loss of life.”