A fire broke out after an oil tanker overturned and exploded in Sher Shah’s Gul Bai Flyover in Karachi Wednesday morning.
Fire ripped through the surrounding vehicles, godown, while sirens and smoke filled the air. The smoke could be seen billowing from the site of the crash from as far as II Chundrigar Road. Five fire brigade vehicles are currently at the scene to extinguish the blaze.
So far, no casualties have been reported. The blaze spread because of the oil spill onto the streets as the tanker burst into two pieces.
The oil tanker reportedly overturned as the driver attempted to overtake a container.
Two years ago, more than 200 people were killed when an oil tanker overturned and exploded in a devastating inferno in Ahmedpur Sharkiya.
The tanker contracted by Royal Dutch Shell’s local subsidiary crashed on a main highway in central Punjab province while carrying some 50,000 litres of fuel from Karachi to Lahore on June 25.
It exploded minutes later, sending a fireball through crowds from a nearby village who had gathered to scavenge for the spilled fuel, despite warnings by the driver and police to stay away.