18 dead, 189 hurt as tanker truck explodes on China highway

China Tanker Truck Explosion
Posted at 6:54 AM, Jun 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-14 06:54:40-04

BEIJING - A tanker truck has exploded on a highway in southeastern China, killing 18 people and injuring 189 others.

The explosion caused extensive damage to nearby buildings, blowing out facades.

The official Xinhua News Agency says the truck carrying liquefied gas exploded on the Shenyang-Haikou Expressway on Saturday afternoon south of Shanghai.

A second explosion followed when the truck fell onto a workshop.

A worker at a nearby restaurant told Xinhua that the blast shattered the windows of her home, but her mother and brother were unharmed.