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Death toll from LNG tanker truck explosion in China increases to 20

Christian Fernsby |
The number of people who died as a result of an explosion of a gas tanker truck in the Wenling city of the Taizhou municipality in eastern Chinese Zhejiang Province has grown to 20, the Wenling government said in a press release on Monday.

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Topics: LNG    EXPLOSION    CHINA   

The tanker carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG) caught fire and exploded on Sunday while on the highway.

According to preliminary inquiry, its gas tank exploded first, causing a massive fire and hitting a nearby factory facility, which, in turn, triggered a second explosion. The latest update on toll of casualties earlier in the day stated 19 people killed and 172 injured.

"As of 7:00 a.m. [23:00 Sunday GMT], 20 people died and 24 people remain in condition of moderate severity as a result of the incident," the Wenling government said.

According to the statement, search and rescue operations are now complete.

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