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At least 153 dead from a fuel tanker fire in Pakistan

A fuel truck was traveling from the southern port city of Karachi to Lahore, the Punjab provincial capital, when the driver lost control and crashed on a highway.

Many locals, who heard about the accident from an announcement at the local mosque, raced to the scene of the accident to collect fuel leaking from the damaged truck. Then the wreck exploded, engulfing people in flames as they screamed in terror. At least 153 men, women and children were killed, with dozens more in critical condition, hospital and rescue officials said.

After the flames died down, many motor cycles could be seen in the burnt-out area, these could have been a sources of ignition said an official, the other possibility could have been someone smoking near the fuel.

Many of the dead were burned beyond recognition, said Dr. Mohammad Baqar, a senior rescue official in the area. They will have to be identified through DNA.

Top image: The fire broke out after the tanker overturned and crowds rushed to collect fuel. Picture: Twitter/@radiopakistan
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Asia Pacific Fire, Editor