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Overturned oil tanker explodes after Pakistan wreck, killing 148

13:30, Sunday, 25 June, 2017
Overturned oil tanker explodes after Pakistan wreck, killing 148

An overturned oil tanker burst into flames in Pakistan on Sunday, killing more than 140 people who had rushed to the scene of the highway accident to gather leaking fuel, an official said.
     A rescue official said the death toll had risen to 148, with dozens more in critical condition.
     The tanker flipped over on the national highway about 60 miles southwest of Multan. The tanker was driving from the southern port city of Karachi to Lahore, the Punjab provincial capital, when the driver lost control and crashed.
     Nearby villagers ran toward the overturned tanker with jerry cans to take the leaking fuel, said Naseer. Police tried to cordon off the area but were overwhelmed by the scores of villagers who pushed through to reach the truck.

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