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60 meets early grave in Tanzania, 70 severely injured during fuel scooping
Sixty people reportedly died while 70 seriously injured in Morogoro town, Tanzania, when a fuel tanker burst into flames.
The ugly incident which occurred Saturday morning indicated that the victims included motorcyclists and food vendors along Dar es Salaam-Morogoro highway, who rushed to the scene in Msamvu to scoop leaking fuel after the vehicle overturned.
Wilbroad Mutafungwa, Morogoro Regional Police Commander confirmed the number of casualties.
The accident occurred about 200 metres from Msamvu Bus Station in Morogoro town.
According to witnesses, one of the people who went to scramble for the fuel had been smoking a cigarette.
“This has never happened in Morogoro town. The fuel spilled about 100 metres along the road,” Morogoro Regional Commissioner Steven Kwebwe said at the scene.
Personnel from Tanzania People’s Defence Force (TPDF) and the fire brigade responded to the incident.
The victims were deposited to the mortuary at Morogoro Regional Hospital.