18 Dead, 189 Hurt As Tanker Truck Explodes On China Highway

    (AP) — A tanker truck exploded on a highway in south-eastern China on Saturday, killing 18 people and injuring at least 189 others, authorities said.

    The explosion caused extensive damage to nearby buildings. One photo showed firefighters hosing down a row of buildings with blown-out facades well into the night.

    The truck carrying liquefied gas exploded around 4:45 pm on the Shenyang-Haikou Expressway south of Shanghai in Zhejiang province, the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing local authorities.

    A second explosion followed when the truck fell onto a factory workshop, Xinhua said.

    The Wenling city government information office said on its social media account that houses and workshops collapsed and 189 people were treated at six hospitals.

    A worker at a nearby restaurant told Xinhua that the blast shattered the windows of her home, but that her mother and brother were unharmed.