Fuel tanker rams into flyover post in Saudi Arabia, explosion kills 26
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (4E) – A tanker carrying 17 tons of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) crashed into a concrete post of a road flyover in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Thursday and exploded killing 26 people and injuring 131.
The powerful explosion along the intersection of Khurais and Sheikh Jaber roads almost leveled a nearby office building, damaged other nearby structures and burned several cars, according to Lt. Gen. Saad Abdullah Al-Twaijri, director general of civil defense.
More than 100 emergency workers are searching for survivors from the wreckage of the truck belonging to the National Gas & Industrial Co. and underneath the rubble of the collapse building housing a heavy machinery company.
A Pakistani worker from the collapsed building, Kushnoo Akhtara, 55, said the explosion threw furniture, chairs and cabinets into the room injuring him, according to Arab News.
The LPG truck was heading to Riyadh from the Eastern Province when it crashed into the concrete flyover post. An investigation was started to determine the cause of the deadly crash.