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At least 153 killed trying gether fuel from damaged truck in Pakistan

At least 153 killed trying gether fuel from damaged truck in Pakistan At least 153 men, women, and children were killed trying collect spilled fuel from overturned tanker truck on a road.

This is reported by The Associated Press.

Alerted by an announcement over a mosque's loudspeaker that an overturned tanker truck had sprung a leak, scores of villagers raced to the scene with fuel containers Sunday to gather the oil. Then the wreck exploded, engulfing people in flames.

At least 153 men, women, and children were killed, with dozens more in critical condition, hospital and rescue officials said.

Many of the dead were burned beyond recognition, said Dr. Mohammad Baqar, a senior rescue official in the area. They will have to be identified through DNA.

The disaster came on the eve of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

The fuel truck was traveling from the southern port city of Karachi to Lahore, the Punjab provincial capital when the driver lost control and crashed on a highway outside Bahawalpur.

A loudspeaker atop a mosque alerted villagers to the leaking fuel, and many rushed to the scene with fuel containers, said Rana Mohammad Salim, deputy commissioner of Bahawalpur.

Highway police moved quickly to redirect traffic but couldn't stop the scores of villagers, spokesman Imran Shah told a local TV channel.
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