Friday, June 25, 2004

200 feared killed in Iran truck explosion - World -

200 feared killed in Iran truck explosion - World - "200 feared killed in Iran truck explosion
June 25, 2004 - 7:04PM

Up to 200 people were feared dead after a truck loaded with fuel exploded following a collision outside the far south-eastern city of Zahedan, Iranian state television said today, quoting a Red Crescent official.
The flames engulfed six buses and five other trucks, two of which were carrying tar, causing a massive inferno, the television said.
It said the explosion occurred at a police post late last night at around 10:15pm (0345 Friday AEST).
The Red Crescent put the death toll at between 50 and 200, the television said. It had earlier reported more than 70 dead and 84 injured.
According to the report, the tanker immediately caught fire after crashing, with the flames spreading over a perimeter of around 50 metres.
Zahedan's governor said it was impossible to immediately give an accurate detah toll, because a number of bodies had yet to be recovered from the burning wreckage."


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