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More than 120 people killed after overturned oil tanker bursts into flames

More than 120 people killed after overturned oil tanker bursts into flames

An overturned oil tanker has burst into flames in Pakistan, killing more than 120 people who had rushed to the scene to gather leaking fuel.

Rizwan Naseer, head of Punjab province's rescue services, said 122 people were killed and 76 wounded, with many suffering serious burns.

The tanker flipped over on a national highway about 60 miles south west of Multan. It was driving from the southern port city of Karachi to Lahore, the Punjab provincial capital, when the driver lost control and crashed.

Local villagers ran towards the overturned tanker with jerry cans to take the leaking fuel, said Mr Naseer.

Police tried to cordon off the area but were overwhelmed by scores of villagers who pushed through to reach the truck.

Witnesses said about 30 motorcycles that had carried villagers to the accident site lay in charred ruins nearby. Eight other vehicles were destroyed, they added.

Many of the bodies were burned beyond recognition, said Mr Naseer.