Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tanker Truck Explosions

Tanker Truck Explosions

By casualties:

  • 230 killed Congo July 2, 2010
  • 95 killed Nigera July 2012
  • 36 killed Nigeria April 2013
  • 29 killed Uganda June 2013 
  • 20 killed Guanzhou China June 2012

June 29, 2012 On an expressway in Guanzhou city in China, a gasoline tanker with 40 tons of gasoline hit another truck, killing 20, and hiring 14 others.

June 2013

  • rtilive.pk/2013/06/30/29-killed-in-uganda-gas-tanker-explosion
    29 killed in Uganda gas tanker explosion
    By mubasher On 30 Jun, 2013 At 08:38 PM
    KAMPALA: A car crashed into a moving gas tanker, sparking a fire that killed at least 29 people and left scores more badly burned, Ugandan police said on
     the gas tanker exploded after colliding with a passenger car late Saturday on the outskirts of the Ugandan capital, Kampala. He said the gas tanker had been knocked from behind by a car. Gas started leaking, he said, and some passenger motorcyclists stalked the tanker after the driver abandoned it. Then suddenly the gas tanker went up in flames that engulfed nearby cars and scores of people who had swarmed around the vehicle. ”Some people noticed the flow of fuel and they came for it,” he said. ”In the process there was an explosion. The tanker exploded, killing 29 people on the spot.” At least 29 others were left badly burned, he said. Explosions involving moving gas tankers happen frequently in this poor East African country, often killing those who rush to the scene with plastic cans hoping to steal fuel

    April 5, 2013  36 people were killed, 3 injured when a fuel tanker exploded after ramming into a crowded bus in southern Nigeria, Three people were injured. Traffic accidents are common in Nigeria, where roads are bad and safety standards poor.

    On 26 August 2012, a double-decker sleeper bus crashed into a tanker in northern China, near the city of Yan'an in the Shaanxi province. The tanker was loaded with highly flammable methanol. 36 people were killed. The accident was the deadliest in China since the 2011 Xinyang bus fire

    July 2012

    Okobie road tanker explosion occurred on 12 July 2012 when a tank truck in Okobie, Nigeria, fell into a ditch, spilled its petrol contents, and subsequently exploded. The tanker attempted to avoid a collision with two cars and a bus, veered into a ditch, and spilled fuel. Hundreds of locals rushed to the scene to take some of the spilled petrol. About 40 minutes after the accident, the tanker exploded. 121 were killed and 74 injured

Nigerian fuel tanker explosion kills at least 95, injures 50
A truck carrying fuel veered off the road into a ditch, caught fire and exploded in Nigeria’s oil-rich delta on Thursday, killing at least 95 people who had rushed to the scene to scoop fuel that had spilled, The fuel truck was trying to avoid a head-on collision with buses when it swerved into the ditch Accidents are also common on Nigeria’s poorly maintained roads. Drivers often travel at high speed and overtake slower vehicles, leading to head-on collisions with high death rates. “This tells a tragic story about the state of national infrastructure and the poverty of the people,” said Nnimmo Bassey, executive director of Environmental Rights Action.

Saturday July 2, 2010

(Reuters) – At least 230 people were killed when a fuel tanker overturned and exploded in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, unleashing a fire ball that tore through homes and cinemas packed with people watching World Cup soccer. Officials said on Saturday the explosion late on Friday also injured 196 people, adding that the death toll could rise. They described scenes of devastation in the town of Sange, where houses were burned and bodies littered the streets.

victims of Friday's fuel tanker explosion in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been buried in two mass graves

  • Blamed on a bad road? 
    Congo tanker blast kills at least 200. Fire tears through houses after tanker overturnsand explodes in a village in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo . It is not yet known what caused the accident but, after years of war, roads in the area are notoriously bad.

    • en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_South_Kivu_road_tanker_explosion

      2010 South Kivu road tanker explosion

      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      2010 South Kivu road tanker explosion
      Map of South Kivu province in DR Congo
      Date2 July 2010
      LocationSange village, South Kivu,Democratic Republic of Congo
      The 2010 South Kivu road tanker explosion took place late in the afternoon of 2 July 2010[2] in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[3][4][5] A road tanker travelling from Tanzaniaoverturned in the village of Sange in South Kivu, and later exploded, resulting in at least 230 deaths and 196 injured.


      The tanker overturned in the village of Sange, near the Congo-Burundi border.[3] Mende Omalanga, the Democratic Republic of Congo's Minister of Communications, claimed that the tanker was trying to overtake a bus.[2] A local police officer reported that the driver was traveling at an "excessive speed".[3]


      An explosion occurred as villagers attempted to collect the fuel that was spilling from the overturned vehicle. "There was a crush (of people) and a petrol leak". [6] Omalanga said that one local resident was smoking a cigarette, a spark from which ignited the fuel.[2] Many mud and grass huts were destroyed in the subsequent fire.[7][8]
      Among the dead were 36 women and 61 children.[9] Some of the injured had severe burn wounds.[10] A medical source said that the local hospitals "do not have necessary logistical materials to treat those who are seriously injured".[11]
      The United Nations are investigating the explosion.[12] It was initially reported that five of the dead were United Nations peacekeepers,[2]but this was reported later as being incorrect.[3]

November 2000

November 5, 2000
The Ibadan tanker truck explosion was one of the worst ever multi-vehicle accidents, killing between 100 and 200 people near Ibadan, Nigeria on 5 November 2000.