China Record 14 Dead, 168 Seriously Injured After Oil Tanker Explosion

China Record 14 Dead, 168 Seriously Injured After Oil Tanker Explosion

China on Saturday recorded at least 14 dead, 168 seriously injured after an oil tanker truck explosion in a highway, according to state media.

The explosion occurred closed to nearby homes and factories which collapse, the government said on social media and sent huge clouds of black smoke billowing into the air as flames engulfed several cars.

Dramatic video footage of the accident near Wenling city in the eastern province of Zhejiang published by state media showed a huge ball of fire shooting into the air as people screamed.

In one clip, a large piece of debris is seen flying into the air before crashing onto some nearby buildings.

Another video shows the remains of the tanker and several truck tyres smashed into a building that had been reduced to rubble.

The death toll had risen from 10 to 14, state news agency Xinhua reported early Sunday, with 168 wounded.

Emergency responders were still carrying out search and rescue efforts, it added.

Multiple highway exits were closed, according to local police statements.

Deadly road accidents are common in China, where traffic regulations are often flouted or not enforced.

According to authorities, 58,000 people were killed in accidents across the country in 2015 alone, the last available figures.

Violations of traffic laws were blamed for nearly 90 percent of accidents that caused deaths or injuries that year.

It was reported that in the last year at least 36 people died and 36 others were hurt in eastern China when a packed coach with a flat tyre collided with a truck.

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