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Gas Tank Truck Catches On Fire, Kills 6 In Binh Phuoc

Early this morning, while traveling down National Route 13, a gas tank truck crashed into a three-wheeled motorbike cart, which caused the truck to tip over and catch on fire.

Tuoi Tre reports that the incident resulted in six deaths and 19 house fires as the gasoline from the truck spilled into nearby houses.

According to several eyewitnesses, after the truck crashed into the cart, the truck lost control of its steering and crashed into an electric pole, causing it to tip over. The incident happened at 4:30am while most residents were still asleep. At 5:25 am, the fire was extinguished.

The truck driver, Thach Van Phong, was severely injured and has been sent to Cho Ray Hospital for emergency treatment, according to representatives from Binh Phuoc police. The three-wheeled motorbike cart driver, Bui Thanh Vinh suffered minor injuries.

Ten cubic meters of oil and four cubic meters of gasoline spilled onto nearby houses and caught 19 of them on fire, two of which burned down completely. The identities of the six people who died at the scene haven not yet been determined.

[Photo via Tuoi Tre]


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