At least 35 die as petrol truck bursts in Benin
The fuel truck burst when people were trying to siphon petrol from it.india Updated: May 25, 2006 18:27 IST
At least 35 people were killed overnight in northern Benin when a fuel truck burst into flames while they were trying to siphon petrol from it, hospital sources said on Thursday.
"We spent the whole night recovering charred cadavers. Our workers counted 23 dead," a hospital official told the agency by telephone from the town of Tanguieta.
Twelve people died of their injuries after being hospitalised, Tanguieta hospital director Boniface Samdieni later said, taking the total number of known fatalities to 35.
"People were siphoning from a fuel truck ... When the fire broke out suddenly. The truck had broken down and was parked on the side of the road," said a medical official who requested anonymity.