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Villagers evacuated after toxic chemical leak in Ningxia

(Xinhua)

11:09, November 29, 2011


A man runs away from the site of an explosion on the highway in Yuanzhou District of Guyuan City, northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Nov. 29, 2011. An explosion happened as a cargo vehicle collided with an oil truck in the morning on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Peng Zhaozhi)

YINCHUAN, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Villagers were evacuated due to a poisonous chemical leak following a road crash Tuesday morning in northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region, according to local authorities.

The accident occurred at 8:30 a.m. in Yuanzhou district in the city of Guyuan when a truck rear-ended a fuel tank truck loaded with 20 tonnes of crude benzene which caused an explosion, local police said. The gas from the incomplete combustion of the crude benzene was poisonous to humans, local police said.

The amount of casualties is not known, and the cause of the accident is under investigation.

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