At least 140 people were killed when a lorry transporting oil burst into flames near the Pakistani city of Ahmedpur East, local officials say.
A crowd had gathered, reportedly to collect fuel leaking from the overturned vehicle when it caught fire. Dozens are being treated in hospital.
It appears the tanker blew a tyre while rounding a sharp bend in the road.
The subsequent fire may have been sparked by a cigarette, rescue services told the BBC.
“One of the passers-by lit the lighter to start a cigarette and the untoward incident which was a minor [one]… turned into a major blast,” Jam Sajjad said.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is cutting short a visit to London in response to the incident, Pakistani government news agency APP reports.
The country’s roads are notoriously dangerous, with poor vehicle maintenance…
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