Oil Truck Blast Kills 20 in southern China image

At least 20 people in southern China were killed on Friday when a tanker truck filled with gasoline collided with another vehicle, setting off a massive explosion.

The tanker was carrying 40 tons of gasoline when it crashed into the other vehicle early Friday morning on an expressway in Guangzhou city, capital of Guangdong province, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

The blast set ablaze a container yard and some nearby buildings. The fire has been brought under control, it said.

As of 10 am, 20 people were confirmed dead and another 14 people were wounded, one amongwhom suffered severe injuries. Most of those hurt were workers from the factory.
Other Chinese media reported that the fire blazed across 2,000 square meters (2,400 square yards), burning several other vehicles.

As the fire raged in the pre-dawn hours, nearby residents heard at least two loud bangs, according to a man surnamed Xu who lives in Honggang village, about 2 kilometers (1.3 miles) from the accident site.

State media say poorly maintained roads and bad driving habits result in about 70,000 deaths and 300,000 injuries a year in China.