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14 dead, 50 injured after tanker blast in Peru

27 January 2020

A gas tanker explosion killed 14 people in Lima, Peru on January 24. Peru’s Health Ministry said 50 people were also injured by the blast which caused a fire that engulfed several nearby buildings.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

The tanker, which was carrying around 10,000 litres of liquefied gas, exploded as it approached an intersection in Lima’s Villa El Salvador district. The explosion is thought to have been caused when a fuel hose became detached from the tanker as it passed over a speed bump.

Local authorities are investigating the blast and whether the tanker has the correct safeguards in place for transporting flammable materials. Investigators are also looking at whether staff from Transgas, the tanker’s owner, are adequately trained to handle such events.

The tanker’s driver, who managed to survive the blast, has since been handed over to authorities as the investigation into the incident continues.

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