A Pakistan army soldier stands guards while rescue workers examine the site of an oil tanker explosion at a highway near Bahawalpur, Pakistan, Sunday, June 25, 2017. An overturned oil tanker burst into flames in Pakistan on Sunday, killing over one hundred people who had rushed to the scene of the highway accident to gather leaking fuel, an official said. (AP Photo/Iram Asim)

Pakistan raises death toll to 157 from fuel truck fire

June 26, 2017 - 2:36 am

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani officials say the death toll from a massive fuel truck fire the previous day has risen to 157 as four more of the victims died overnight.

The truck was traveling from the southern port city of Karachi to Lahore, the Punjab provincial capital, when the driver lost control and crashed on a highway outside Bahawalpur early Sunday. Scores of villagers rushed to the scene to collect the spilled fuel when the blaze ignited.

Dr. Nahid Ahmed at the Nishter Hospital in Multan says the death toll has steadily been rising and reached 157 on Monday. He says 50 more severely burned victims are being treated at his hospital.

The disaster struck on the eve of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr that follows the holy month of Ramadan.

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