Fuel-Tanker Explosion in Sierra Leone Kills at Least 99

Joseph B. Hash

A fuel tanker exploded in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown late Friday, killing at least 99 people and injuring dozens more, authorities said Saturday.

The explosion happened shortly after a fuel tanker collided with another vehicle near a gas station in the city’s eastern suburb of Wellington, causing a large spill, city officials said. Residents in the area had gathered with plastic containers to collect spilled gasoline, according to rescue workers and city authorities.

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