Life is always ready to give surprises at the end of something beautiful, but many-a-time, these surprises turn out to be nightmares. Right on the last day of Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a shocking incident took place in the Punjab province of Pakistan where almost 148 innocent people lost their lives due to an oil spill from a tanker near Bahawalpur.
The incident happened when a tanker carrying about 40,000 liters of fuel overturned in Bahawalpur's Ahmed Pur Sharqia on Sunday morning. The tanker was reported to explode after the driver was attempting to make a sharp turn while traveling from Karachi to Lahore on the main highway.
Over a hundred people got injured from this incident, said the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rana Mohammad Saleem Abdul.
People from the nearby area, after seeing the tanker going down rushed towards it and apparently, this turned out to be the worst decision of their life.
Let's see how!
According to 'Dawn', a Pakistani media house, a large crowd of people, including women and children, had gathered at the scene to collect the leaked oil when the fire erupted.
"When [the tanker] turned over the residents of the nearby village of Ramzanpur Joya rushed to the site with buckets and other containers, and a large number of people on motorcycles also came and started collecting the spilling fuel," regional police chief Raja Riffat said.
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Military and police troops with media at the spot
Nothing but ashes of everything.
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"After about 10 minutes the tanker exploded in a huge fireball and enveloped the people collecting petrol. It was not clear how the fire started," said the policeman.
Motorway Police spokesman Imran Shah said police raced to the scene and tried to keep people away from the tanker but they were ignored as residents continued filling their containers with fuel.
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Emergency vehicles such as the firetruck and ambulance reached the spot to take care of the fire and save the casualties.
See how the victims were themselves responsible for their present state.
As people came on their vehicles (including women and children) to fill the spilled oil on the ground, the smoke from their vehicle's exhausts might have caught ignited the fire which resulted in such an enormous explosion.
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Many public figures posted their concerning comments on Twitter saying...
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