Sad – At least 57 people burned to death after fuel tanker explosion in Tanzania

At least 57 people have died after a fuel tanker exploded in Tanzania, according to police.

Witnesses in Morogoro, which is 120 miles from Tanzania’s economic city of Dar es Salaam, said that “scores of people” gathered around the tanker, after it was involved in an accident early on Saturday.

They add that the tanker burst into flames as people were trying to siphon fuel from the vehicle.

Regional police commissioner Steven Kabwe told local Azam TV that 57 bodies have been recovered from the blast, with many others being treated for burns.

Video clips from the scene show the charred remains of dozens of people after they got caught up in the blast.

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People can be seen in footage from before the blast collecting liquid from puddles in yellow jerry cans after the vehicle crashed.

Daniel Ngogo, an eyewitness, said: “The situation is really bad. Many people died here, even those who were not stealing fuel because this is a busy place.

“The fire was huge and it was challenging to rescue victims.

“I have seen about 65 to 70 people being rescued because the fire was fast spreading across the accident area.”

Government spokesman Hassan Abbasi said on Twitter: “We have been saddened by reports of an accident involving a
fuel truck in Morogoro, which caught fire and burnt several people.”

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