11-01-2012, 05:22 AM
Over 20 killed, 135 injured in Riyadh fuel truck explosion
Over 20 killed, scores injured in Riyadh fuel truck explosion | ArabNews
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JEDDAH: At least 26 people were confirmed dead and 131 injured after a fuel truck crashed into a concrete flyover and exploded in Riyadh early Thursday, officials said.
Lt. Gen. Saad Abdullah Al-Twaijri, director general of civil defense, said in an interview with a local TV station that 22 were killed in the blast and 111 others were injured.
A Health Ministry spokesman in Riyadh later raised the death toll to 26 and gave a higher number of injured at 131, quoting figures provided by national and private hospitals where victims of the tragedy were taken. He said three more persons were still unaccounted for.
The accident happened along the intersection of Khurais and Sheikh Jaber roads, two of the city's main arteries on the eastern part of the capital city.
Officials said the truck belonging to the National Gas & Industrial Co. (Gasco) was carrying 17 tons of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and was headed to Riyadh from the Eastern Province.
TV footage showed the explosion damaged buildings nearby and set several vehicles ablaze. One building, several stories high, was almost leveled by the blast, with only one corner left standing.
I was inside the building when the blast came. Then boom, the building collapsed. Furniture, chairs and cabinets blasted into the room I was in, said survivor Kushnoo Akhtara, a 55-year-old Pakistani worker, who was covered in dirt and bleeding from multiple cuts over his body.
My brother is still inside under the rubble. There are lots of people in there.
Over a hundred emergency personnel were combing the wreckage on the flyover and searching for victims in the rubble of the building, which housed operations of Zahid Tractor, a distributor of heavy machinery.
General Al-Twaijri said preliminary investigation pointed to recklessless on the part of the truck driver. The truck hit a post of the flyover and exploded.
He complained that the thousands of onlookers along roads near the accident site were hampering search and rescue operations. The crowd was eventually pushed away by police.
The accident comes just two days after a fire tragedy at a wedding party in the Eastern Province that left at least 24 people dead and 37 injured.
^^ really graphic pictures of dead bodies and injured people. View at your own risk
This is really sad , eid just finished and two very bad news. Prayers for all those who passed away, may Allah place them in Jannah. Ameen.
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