Fuel tanker explodes in Tanzania, at least 61 killed

# 12:49
10 August 2019

According to preliminary reports, an overturned vehicle has exploded in the city of Morogoro in the eastern part of Tanzania, claiming the lives of people who attempted to siphon fuel from the tanker, APA reports citing Sputnik.

An explosion occurred after an accident, when a fuel tanker overturned while trying to evade a collision with a moped on a road 200 km from the city of Dar es Salaam, Morogoro Regional Police Commander Wilbrod Mtafungwa told local media, adding that so far 61 bodies had been recovered from the scene of the tragedy.

According to The Citizen Tanzania, motorcyclists who rushed to the area to collect leaking petroleum were among those who were burnt to death.

A rescue operation is still underway, police said.