10 dead, 117 injured in China oil truck blast

BEIJING (AFP) – At least 10 people were killed and more than a hundred injured after an oil tanker truck exploded on a highway in China yesterday, state media said.

The force of the blast caused nearby homes and factories to collapse, the government said on social media, and sent huge clouds of black smoke billowing into the air as flames engulfed several cars.

Dramatic video footage of the accident near Wenling city showed a huge ball of fire shooting into the air as people screamed. In one clip, a large piece of debris is seen flying into the air before crashing onto some nearby buildings.

The death toll had reached 10 by last night with another 117 injured taken to hospital, state broadcaster CCTV said.

Emergency responders were still battling to free trapped victims, it added.