Dead, 70 Seriously Injured After Petroleum Tanker Burst Into Flames In Tanzania

Dead, 70 Seriously Injured After Petroleum Tanker Burst Into Flames In Tanzania

Dead, 70 Seriously Injured After Petroleum Tanker Burst Into Flames In Tanzania

The incident has left most residents in the town in shock with Morogoro Regional Commissioner Dr Steven Kwabwe noting that "this has never happened in Morogoro town".

Photos said to have been taken at the scene of the accident show charred bodies scattered among wrecked motorcycles and automobile parts.

Firefighters try to extinguish a patrol tanker blaze, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Morogoro, Tanzania.

It is alleged that the fire then burst at the scene after one person went to collect the fuel while smoking a cigarette.

At least 60 people have died while 70 others have suffered injuries following a fuel tanker explosion in Tanzania.

Police said people were taking fuel after the vehicle crashed near to the town of Morogoro.

".The situation is really bad".

Witnesses in Morogoro, which lies about 120 miles (200 kilometres) from Tanzania's economic hub of Dar es Salaam, told The Associated Press that scores of people had gathered around the fuel tanker after it was involved in an accident early on Saturday.

Magufuli also called for people to stop the unsafe practice of stealing fuel in such a way, something that is common in many poor parts of Africa.

The stolen fuel is usually sold cheaply to motorists.

In May, a similar incident occurred in Niger just a short distance from the airport in the capital Niamey, leaving nearly 80 people dead. Local leaders need to do more to educate people on the risks, he said.

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