Truck Explosion in Liberia Kills 115

The death toll from the tanker explosion in Liberia has now climbed to 115, while dozens more were left critically injured, CNN reports. President George Weah announced on Monday that the death toll would…

Truck Explosion in Liberia Kills 115

The death toll from the tanker explosion in Liberia has now climbed to 115, while dozens more were left critically injured, CNN reports. President George Weah announced on Monday that the death toll would rise by “at least 100 people as the grisly situation takes its toll.” The accident occurred on Sunday night in Kerry Town, in eastern Sierra Leone, when an oil tanker carrying fuel from West African neighbors Ghana and Nigeria rolled over, causing it to explode, according to The Associated Press. Many of the victims were burned beyond recognition and had yet to be identified. In a video posted by the AP, a woman who survived the blast said she was “sorry” that she had fled the refinery with all her possessions, only to watch as most of them burned to the ground. “All my dresses and everything that I own has burned to ashes,” she said. President Weah expressed his condolences to the families of the victims. “My prayers and condolences to the bereaved families and friends of those who lost their lives in the massive fire explosion that occurred last night at the Paradise Oil Refinery,” he said. “I deeply appreciate the great effort of our people in Kailahun, Makeni and other surrounding areas to shelter the injured and evacuate the bodies, rendering first aid and rescuing the survivors to safety.”

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