Gas tanker death toll rises

The Citizen (KZN) - - World -

Lima – The death toll from the ex­plo­sion of a gas tanker in Lima last month has risen to 30, Peru’s min­istry of health said.

Two women and a man were the most re­cent to suc­cumb to burns from a fire­ball that oc­curred when the tanker truck, car­ry­ing 10 000l of liq­ue­fied gas, ex­ploded on 23 Jan­uary.

Ini­tially only two peo­ple were killed and 50 in­jured, but the death toll has con­tin­ued to rise due to the sever­ity of their burns.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieved the ex­plo­sion was caused when a fuel hose be­came de­tached as the truck passed over a speed bump.

It ig­nited a ma­jor fire that de­stroyed sev­eral houses and ve­hi­cles in the cap­i­tal’s Villa El Sal­vador district.

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