A tanker truck explosion leaves at least 40 dead and dozens injured

A tanker truck explosion leaves at least 40 dead and dozens injured

A police official said that the explosion occurred while local residents were gathering around the damaged car to try to recover gasoline.

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A tanker truck explodes in Totota, Liberia, killing 40 people and injuring dozens on December 26, 2023. (GOOGLE MAPS)

More than 40 people were killed and dozens injured in a tanker truck explosion in central Liberia, a senior medical official said on Thursday (December 28). The authorities are trying to “Determine the number of missing people” Since the disaster struck on Tuesday in Totota, 130 kilometers northeast of Monrovia, the country's capital. It is difficult to determine the exact toll, due to the burning of a large number of bodies. A police official said that the explosion occurred while residents were gathering around a destroyed truck that had fallen into a ditch to try to recover gasoline.

The population is seriously burned out

President George Weah expressed on Thursday “His deep sympathy” To the families of the victims. “President Weah said the images of the tragedy were extremely disturbing and called for assistance to be provided to the affected families, while the Liberian National Red Cross and other relevant government institutions are assisting in recovery and treatment efforts.”This came in a press statement sent by the presidency to Agence France-Presse. According to the document, the president said that the health authorities have their full support to increase manpower and equipment as necessary in their attempt to save lives.

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