Pakistan Tanker Explosion: At Least 153 Killed In Country’s Punjab Province | NBC Nightly News

Pakistan Tanker Explosion: At Least 153 Killed In Country’s Punjab Province | NBC Nightly News


NBC’S LUCIE CAVANAUGH
HAS MORE.
>>Reporter: ANGUISH AND
DISBELIEF IN PAKISTAN
TODAY AS AN ORDINARY ROAD
ACCIDENT TURNED
INTO A DEADLY INFERNO. A SPEEDING OIL TANKER
CARRYING
THOUSANDS OF GALLONS OF FUEL ON
A RURAL STRETCH OF
HIGHWAY THIS MORNING BLEW A TIRE
AND FLIPPED.
BURSTING INTO FLAMES 45 MINUTES
LATER.
THIS VIDEO SHOWING THE CALM
BEFORE THE BLAST.
WITH LOCALS, MANY OF WHOM LIVE
LESS THAN $3 A DAY
RUSHING TO THE SCENE.
USING BUCKETS AND
SHOPPING BAGS TO COLLECT THE
VALUABLE FUEL
LEAKING FROM THE DAMAGED TANKER.
WITNESSES SAY THE
CROWD NUMBERED IN THE HUNDREDS BEFORE
THE
EXPLOSION. THIS MAN SAYS, SOMEONE
LIT A
MATCH TO SMOKE A CIGARETTE WHEN
SUDDENLY THE EXPLOSION
HAPPENED. ENGULFING THE
VILLAGERS.
MY UNCLE ESCAPED HE SAYS, BUT
HIS SON DIED.
THIS IS ALL THAT’S LEFT OF THE
VEHICLES.
MANY OF THE VICTIMS, INCLUDING
AT LEAST 20 CHILDREN,
WERE BURNED BEYOND
RECOGNITION.
OFFICIALS SAY THEY’LL HAVE TO BE
IDENTIFIED USING DNA,
SOMETHING THAT COULD TAKE WEEKS.
DISTRAUGHT RELATIVES
GATHERED AT LOCAL HOSPITALS,
DESPERATE FOR
WORD OF LOVED ONES. MANY OF THE SURVIVORS
SUFFERED
SERIOUS BURNS, ALIVE, BUT
CHARRED BY THE BLAZE.
THE ARMY RUSHING ABOUT 40 OF THE
MOST CRITICALLY
WOUNDED BY HELICOPTER TO OTHER
HOSPITALS.
FOR MUSLIMS ACROSS THE WORLD,
THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO
BE A NIGHT OF CELEBRATION.
WITH THE FAITHFUL
GATHERING TO MARK THE END OF
ISLAM’S HOLY
MONTH OF RAMADAN. BUT IN PAKISTAN
TONIGHT, GRIEF,
MOURNING, AND FUNERALS TO PLA

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