150 killed and more than 100 injured in oil tanker fire in Ahmedpur East-Pakistan

LAHORE:150 killed and more than 100 injured in oil tanker fire in Ahmedpur East-Pakistan. A lorry transporting oil burst into flames. A crowd had gathered reportedly to collect fuel leaking from the overturned vehicle when it caught fire. Dozens are being treated in hospital.It appears the tanker blew a tyre while rounding a sharp bend in the road. There are fears that the death toll could rise further. At least six cars and 12 motorcycles were burnt, tanker had been carrying 25,000 litres (5,500 gallons) of oil and had been travelling from Karachi to Lahore. It slipped off a road and overturned in the Kachi Pul area, they said, about 8km (five miles) from Ahmedpur East, in Punjab's Bahawalpur district. "People living in roadside villages, carrying domestic pots rushed to the scene to collect oil and they also made phone calls to their relatives living in other villages to immediately come to collect oil," the sources said. Traffic police had tried in vain to keep the crowd away from the tanker as people, including women and children, continued collecting oil in pots, the sources said. "Suddenly, [a] huge fire erupted in the oil tanker which engulfed all people standing around the vehicle." According to the initial reports, somebody tried to light a cigarette," igniting spilt fuel.