At least 85 people are reported after an oil tanker veered off the road in South Sudan.
A presidential spokesperson told Reuters, the truck coming from Juba to Yambio overturned and began leaking prompting people to rush to the scene to siphon the fuel before it exploded.
According to Radio Tamazuj, the fuel tanker exploded in the midst of a crowd in Bahir Naam Payam about 20 km from Maridi town in Western Equatoria State on Wednesday evening.
Initial reports said at least 60 people on the spot while 80 more were injured.
Tamazuj says 53 people were taken to the Maridi Civil Hospital while another 38 people were taken to Olo Primary Health Clinic in Mambe Payam, some of whom passed away this morning due to burn wounds.
Radio Miraya reported that he incident occurred twelve miles before Maridi, between Farouk Sika and Maridi, killing over 50 people and seriously injuring over 100.
The station’s correspondent in the state also said that a military police car and some soldiers that went to the site were also reportedly burned.
The Executive Director of Maridi County, John Skia, told Eye Radio that the number of dead was “more than 50 people.”
The medical director of the Maridi Civil Hospital Dr. Chandi Savior said that the hospital desperately needs more IV fluids, oxgyen cylinders, oxygen concentrators, anti-tetanus, and pain relievers.
Ateny Wek Ateny, the presidential spokesman, told Reuters, 85 people were burned dead on the spot at the scene including women and children.