Pakistan oil tanker fire: At least 149 killed, 117 injured in Bahawalpur

The tanker overturned and spilled oil on the road while trying to navigate a turn in Bahawalpur. A huge crowd gathered to collect the oil from the spillage before the tanker caught fire.  Several vehicles were damaged including six cars and 12 motorcycles.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 25, 2017 5:05 pm
Oil tanker overturned and caught fire in Bahawalpur city of Pakistan. Over 120 people have been reported to be dead.

At least 149 people were killed and 117 others injured in Pakistan’s Bahawalpur city on Sunday after an oil tanker burst into flames. Though the cause of the fire is yet to be officially confirmed, according to the Dawn, the tanker overturned and spilled oil while trying to navigate a turn in Bahawalpur’s Ahmed Pur Sharqia. A huge crowd gathered to collect the oil from the spillage before the tanker caught fire.

Several vehicles were damaged  in the fire, including six cars and 12 motorcycles. Fire and rescue teams immediately reached the accident site and doused the flames. The injured were transported to nearby medical aid centres and hospitals.

According to Al Jazeera, the tanker overturned on a major logistical route. The report said that bodies of many were charred beyond recognition. The death toll is expected to rise as the injured were also reported to be in a critical condition.

The Pakistani Army deployed air rescue teams to ferry the injured to hospitals. Pakistan’s DG Inter Services Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted: “COAS expresses grief on losses in oil tanker incident. Directed provision of full assistance to civil admn in rescue/relief effort. Army Aviation helicopters sent for evacuation of casualties to hospitals / burn centres. Hospitals placed on high alert.”

The civil administration of Punjab also kicked into action with Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif ordering his officials to file a report on the accident. The tanker was heading towards Lahore and was coming from the southern port town of Karachi in Sindh province, news agency Associated Press reported. Citing eyewitness reports, AP said that at least 30 motorcycles and eight vehicles were destroyed in the fire.

Pakistan’s Geo TV said that the traffic on the National Highway route has been suspended for now. The police has set up barricades and created diversions at several points for smooth flow of traffic.

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    ah
    Jun 26, 2017 at 2:51 pm
    From the COMMENTS down below, it is clear Hindus deserved Ghazni, Aurangzeb, Ghori ....................... and they did not deserve Akbar ..................
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      Kushal Kumar
      Jun 26, 2017 at 11:07 am
      . This Vedic astrology writer has sought to alert global community by saying that during about 24 June to September 2017 , more so in 19 August to 4 September 2017 , there is a particular need to be alert for more care and appropriate strategy against fire, volcano like eruptions, floods, landslides , quake jolts and the like in vulnerable regions across the globe. These alerts for more care and appropriate strategy in this writer's article - Is World War III round the corner ?" - have been published in Summer 2017 ( June) issue of The Astrologer's Notebook, quarterly Newsletter in print from North Port, Florida. Going by news reports during 22 to 25 June 2017 in China , Pakistan and elsewhere across the globe , it can be said that the alert was meaningful.
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        Kumar
        Jun 26, 2017 at 2:15 am
        Fire does not discriminate. One should handle petrol tank very carefully. It is not something to be messed with. Sorry for the loss of so many lives..
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          shanthi salamath
          Jun 26, 2017 at 1:29 am
          Prayers and thoughts for the those lost their valued life and the family depends on them. Below comments are almost ill affected and those fanatics can never be an Indian that I am sure. Without these brainless courageous Pokrees India would not have achieved freedom from the British.Those ill affected can at least go through the major points of freedom struggle that pushed white man from our country and not the foot liking SANKI RSS done it for the nation.
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            stranger
            Jun 26, 2017 at 1:20 am
            ROFLMAO
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              P.K.Ramchandran
              Jun 25, 2017 at 11:20 pm
              Now, Porkies, don't say that it is also game plan of RAW!
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                Swadeshi
                Jun 25, 2017 at 11:13 pm
                Pkistan is cursed... cursed by its actions during the direct action day in the streets of calcutta...cursed because of its action on the innocent kashmiris.. cursed due to its action on Muhajirs / Ballochis / bengalis in east pakistan / terrorism in india... bomb blasts ..killing indians by hundred cuts... In the world of Mahakaal things will come back with 100 times more force... Pakistanis will cry and run for water... they will be killed everywhere like ants... and the time has come..
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                  ah
                  Jun 27, 2017 at 8:12 am
                  buddy, on UN happiness index PAKISTAN is way AHEAD of INDIA ............ just google it ........... it does not do good for" Mera Bharat Mahaan" .....
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                  Ravi
                  Jun 25, 2017 at 9:29 pm
                  All ah also having feast on Eid
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