Pakistan: At least 140 burnt to death as oil tanker catches fire in Bahawalpur

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Pakistan: At least 140 burnt to death as oil tanker catches fire in Bahawalpur

Lahore [Pakistan] : At least 140 people were killed after an oil tanker caught fire in Punjab, Pakistan today morning, Pakistani media reported.

Around 40 others were injured and have been admitted to the Bahawal Victoria Hospital and District Headquarters Hospital Sharqia in critical condition. A majority of them are said have suffered 70 percent burn injuries, Geo TV quoted Rescue 1122 Director General Dr. Rizwan Naseer, as saying.

Pakistani media outlets reported that the injured were moved to the nearby Victoria Hospital and District Headquarters Hospital in critical condition. Several of those injured had suffered 70 per cent burn injuries.

The oil tanker toppled over in Pul Paka off the national highway. Dozens of vehicles, including 75 motorbikes and four cars, also caught fire.

Eyewitnesses said some people in the vicinity were smoking cigarettes, which could have been one of the reasons for starting the inferno. Further details are awaited.

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