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New photos of Chinese Liquified Gas Truck Explosion. Like a war zone.

Rescue workers searched for people trapped in buildings after a truck carrying liquefied gas exploded on a highway near Wenling, China.Credit...Wang Junlu/Xinhua, via Associated Press

PortandTerminal.com, June 14, 2020

A tanker truck explosion in southeast China has killed 19 people and left over 170 injured, according to local media.

WENLING, CHINA – At least 19 people died and 172 were injured when a gas tanker exploded on a Chinese highway Saturday afternoon, according to state-run news agency Xinhua.

The tanker transporting liquified natural gas exploded on a highway exit ramp in Wenling, a coastal city in Zhejiang province, according to Xinhua.

The explosion took place near Liangshan Village, close to the city of Wenling. A second explosion also occurred after the damaged truck was propelled onto a factory building near to the highway.

Firefighters look for residents trapped in collapsed buildings
Firefighters look for residents trapped in collapsed buildings in the aftermath of a tanker truck explosion near a highway in Wenling in eastern China’s Zhejiang province Saturday, June 13, 2020.

The explosion caused extensive damage to nearby buildings. One photo showed firefighters hosing down a row of buildings with blown-out facades well into the night.

Zhu Minglian, Wenling’s deputy mayor, said more than 2,600 rescue workers were deployed to the site, and efforts are still underway to recover any survivors.

According to local outlet Chongqing Daily, the company which owns the truck has been penalized 11 times by authorities in the past over health and safety failures.

Screen grab of truck undercarriage flying through the air
The force the explosion sent the truck’s undercarriage flying through the air where it hit a factory and caused a secondary explosion

Vehicles shown burning after being torched in the explosion on Saturday

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