At least 130 dead as Pakistan oil tanker crashes and explodes

Vastavam web: Around 130 people  have been killed after an oil tanker carrying huge quantity of fuel flipped over and burst into flames on a highway in Pakistan. Residents had flocked to the tanker with jerry cans, buckets and other containers to collect leaking fuel from it after it overturned. It was travelling from the southern port city of Karachi to Lahore when the driver lost control and it crashed near the city of Bahawalpur at around 6.30am. Some reports suggested the tanker had suffered a burst tire. The driver survived and is in custody. Image: Large plumes of black smoke could be seen from a distance Police had tried to seal off the area but became overwhelmed by the scores of people trying to reach the vehicle. Officials said many of the victims were beyond recognition and that DNA tests were being carried out to identify the dead, adding that the number of fatalities was likely to rise.