LAHORE: At least 123 people were charred to death and over 100 others injured after an oil tanker overturned and burst into flames on a highway in Bahawalpurdistrict of Pakistan’s Punjab Province.
The tanker exploded after fuel leaking from its damaged container caught fire. The blaze from the oil spill engulfed scores of residents who had rushed to collect leaking fuel.
Punjab government spokesman Malik Ahmad Khan said at least 123 people were killed and over 100 others injured in the explosion.
The tanker was on way to Lahore from Karachi when the driver lost control and crashed. Nearby villagers rushed toward the overturned tanker with cans to take the leaking fuel.
The fire brigade arrived on the site of the incident shortly after the blaze started and rescue operations were initiated.