Eight killed in truck explosion in China

Eight people were killed and six others injured when a truck carrying flammable chemicals exploded in a parking lot in southwest China`s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Last Updated: Jun 15, 2011, 11:52 AM IST

Beijing: Eight people were killed and six
others injured when a truck carrying flammable chemicals exploded in a parking lot in southwest China`s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The blast took place yesterday in the Litang Township
of Binyang County when workers were unloading the truck which
carried flammable chemicals including potassium chlorate and
carbon powder, local officials said.

A preliminary investigation showed that workers`
carelessness may have triggered the explosion, Xinhua quoted an official as saying.
The fire from the blast engulfed over 20 cars in the
parking lot, which used to be a gas station, said the
spokesman.

He said that two people were severely wounded and four
suffered slight injuries in the incident.

The fire has been put out and further investigation is
underway.

PTI