Liberia – Fuel tanker crash and explosion leaves over 40 dead.

Tragedy unfolds as tanker overturns, igniting fatal fire in Totota Town.

In Liberia, a fuel tanker crashed and exploded, resulting in over 40 casualties, according to Francis Kateh, the country’s chief medical officer. The tanker overturned along a road in Totota town, approximately 130 km (80 miles) from the capital, Monrovia, before bursting into flames. Eyewitnesses reported that the tragedy escalated as people rushed to the scene to scoop fuel from the overturned tanker.

Among the victims was a pregnant woman, and some bodies were reportedly burnt to ashes, highlighting the severity of the incident. Dr. Kateh informed Super Bongese TV that more than 83 people were admitted to hospitals for injuries sustained during the disaster. Patients with more critical injuries were transferred to hospitals in Monrovia for specialized treatment.

Video footage captured the chaotic scene, with a large crowd, including children, gathering around the tanker after its overturn. The subsequent explosion intensified the tragedy, leading to a significant loss of life.

The exact cause of the tanker crash remains unclear, underscoring the need for a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident. Liberia’s President George Weah expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased, describing images of the tragedy as “deeply disturbing.” President Weah pledged full support to health authorities, providing additional manpower and equipment to aid in the urgent efforts to save lives.

The incident serves as a stark reminder of the dangers associated with fuel-related accidents and emphasizes the importance of stringent safety measures to prevent such catastrophes in the future.

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