Sierra Leone truck fire toll rises to 115

By Staff Writer The number of dead from the fuel tanker explosion in southern Sierra Leone has risen to 115. At least 30 others were injured as a fire engulfed the truck at Kambia,…

Sierra Leone truck fire toll rises to 115

By Staff Writer

The number of dead from the fuel tanker explosion in southern Sierra Leone has risen to 115.

At least 30 others were injured as a fire engulfed the truck at Kambia, a town about 90km from Freetown.

Witnesses described a loud explosion followed by the sound of many burning bodies.

The accident came as Liberia struck an international accord to shut down its vast illegal oil refinery.

They were seeking to agree on all relevant issues to put in place an international audit to certify the refinery’s production.

The smell of burning oil was still in the air two days after the incident.

Those who were inside the truck when it exploded described a terrible moment when the tanker exploded in flames and they were unable to escape.

They recounted how scores of dead bodies were carried to various hospitals in the region.

The National Disaster Management Organization had initially put the number of dead at 74, but said the death toll had been confirmed at 115 on Friday.

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