By Enyichukwu Enemanna
At least 40 persons have been feared dead following a fuel tanker explosion in central Liberia, the country’s chief medical officer Francis Kateh has said.
The tanker on Tuesday overturned along a road in Totota town, about 130km from the capital, Monrovia and spilled its content.
It burst into flames soon after residents trooped out to scoop fuel from the tanker, eyewitnesses said.
A pregnant woman was among the dead, and some of the bodies were burnt beyond recognition, Dr Kateh said.
He told local broadcaster Super Bongese TV that more than 83 people had been admitted to hospital.
Patients with more serious injuries had been transferred to hospitals in Monrovia for treatment, Dr Kateh added.