Oil tanker blaze kills 31 in Uganda

Ugandan police inspect a mangled car in Uganda capital Kampala, after a car crashed into a moving gas tanker sparking a fire that killed at least 31 people and left scores more badly burned, June 29, 2013.

At least 31 people have died and 10 others injured in an oil tanker blast in the Ugandan capital Kampala, Ugandan police said.

The explosion happened late Saturday, after the tanker collided with a car on the outskirts of Kampala, Ugandan Police Spokesman Ibn Senkumbi said Sunday.

According to the police spokesman, the crash was an accident as the tanker was hit from behind by the passenger car.

Some passenger motorcyclists were trying to empty the tanker from fuel when the tanker exploded.

“Some people noticed the flow of fuel and they came for it, in the process there was an explosion. The tanker exploded, killing 29 people on the spot,” Senkumbi said.

Musa Ecweru, the Ugandan minister for disaster preparedness, described the blast as a Å“calamity” which could have been avoided.

He went on to say that, Å“We have always told our people to stay away from trucks that involve inflammable products such as petrol. We thought they would learn from the lessons of the past.”

Such explosions happen frequently in the East African country. A similar disaster happened in 2001, on a highway from Kampala to the western region, which claimed almost 40 lives.

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Republished with permission from:: Press TV