9 dead as truck carrying LPG tanks hits post, explodes in Philippines

12:15, June 23, 2010      

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Nine people were killed when a truck carrying hundreds of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanks rammed into a post and a car and exploded in northern Philippine province of Cavite early Wednesday, local newspaper Philippine Daily Inquirer reported on its website.

Senior Superintendent Danilo Maligalig, Cavite police director, was quoted as saying that based from the initial police report, the truck was headed towards the direction of Binan City in Laguna, when it lost control and smashed into a post along Bancal village at around 1 a.m.

The truck also hit a car parked near the post, with two passengers onboard, Maligalig said, adding the crash caused an explosion and fire that razed seven homes nearby. The fire was put under control an hour later.

Seven dead bodies were later recovered, but were charred and beyond recognition, he said. Their identities were not yet available.

On Tuesday, a sports utility vehicle (SUV) rammed into a electric post in Dasmarinas City in the same province and resulted in the death of seven people. The driver and some of the passengers were drunk, police said.

Source: Xinhua


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