Saudi- Toll from oil tanker fire in Pakistan climbs to 157


(MENAFN- Saudi Press Agency)
Multan, Pakistan, Shawwal 2, 1438, Jun 26, 2017, SPA -- Pakistan's prime minister cut short a trip abroad to rush to the side of victims of a massive fuel tanker fire as authorities on Monday raised the death toll to 157.
According to AP, the truck, carrying some 25,000 liters (6,600 gallons) of gasoline, was traveling from the southern port city of Karachi to Lahore when the driver lost control and crashed on a highway outside the town of Bahawalpur early on Sunday.
Alerted by an announcement over a loudspeaker at a local mosque, scores of villagers rushed to the scene to collect the spilled fuel. When the fire broke out, the villagers were engulfed in flames, many burned beyond recognition.
Dr. Nahid Ahmed at the Nishter Hospital in Multan, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) away, said four of the victims that were brought from Bahawalpur had died overnight, bringing the death toll to 157. Ahmed said 50 more severely burned victims were being treated at his hospital.
Rescue official Mohammad Baqar at the Bahawalpur hospital said 20 more victims were transported on Monday by a military C-130 plane to Lahore for better medical care.
--SPA
18:02 LOCAL TIME 15:02 GMT

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