Friday, June 29, 2012

20 killed, 14 hurt after tanker collides with truck, sparking massive fire in south China city

BEIJING — A tanker truck filled with gasoline collided with a truck in southern China on Friday, setting off an explosion and a massive fire that left 20 people dead and 14 others hurt, including at least two with severe burns.

The tanker was carrying 40 tons of gasoline when it crashed into the other vehicle early Friday morning on an expressway in Guangzhou city, capital of Guangdong province, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Oil leaked from the tanker truck and triggered an explosion that set a timber mill and work sheds located under the expressway bridge on fire, Xinhua said. Most of those hurt were workers from the factory and one of them was severely injured, it said.

Other Chinese media reported that the fire blazed across 2,000 square meters (2,400 square yards), burning several other vehicles. Read More