Fuel Tanker Explosion Kills 22 In Riyadh

1 11 2012

Saudi officials said the explosion was caused when a truck carrying flammable liquids crashed [Abdullah al-Saery]

Updated News: At least 23 were killed and at least 135 were injured in this disaster.

A fuel tanker crashed into a flyover causing an explosion  around 7.20 a.m. local time on Thursday, November 1, 2012 near the Saudi National Guard building in eastern Riyadh’s industrial area.

The Associated Press reported that at least 14 people were killed and at least 60 people were injured.

A several story industrial building collapsed by the blast, leaving only one corner standing.

Several other vehicles on the flyover were set on fire because of the explosion.

Other nearby building were also damaged.

The death toll could rise as rescue crews picked through the charred vehicles and rubble.

Smoke rises after an explosion which severely damaged an industrial building in eastern Riyadh November 1, 2012. At least 10 people were killed when a fuel truck crashed into a flyover in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Thursday, triggering the explosion that caused the collapse of the industrial building, a witness and television reports said. Al Arabiya and Al Jazeera television stations reported that in addition to the deaths, at least 50 people were injured. REUTERS/Stringe

People stand near a collapsed bridge after an explosion which severely damaged an industrial building in eastern Riyadh, November 1, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer








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