29 June 2017, News Wire – The death toll from an oil tanker explosion in central Pakistan has risen to 174, officials said Thursday.
The dead includes the driver who warned people scooping up spilled fuel to stay away but was ignored.
The tanker overturned early Sunday on a main highway from Karachi to Lahore while carrying some 40,000 litres of fuel.
It exploded minutes later as crowds from a nearby village gathered to scavenge for fuel, despite admonitions by the driver as well as motorway police to stay away.
Abbas said tanker driver Khiyam Muhammad, who sustained burns, also died of his wounds in nearby Multan city on Wednesday.
Motorway police spokesman Imran Shah said a government inquiry into the incident had found at least five police officials guilty of hiding information — though he did not give further details.