At least 98 people were killed and 92 were injured in a tanker truck explosion on Friday night in the industrial zone of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) announced tonight. It is stated that all the injured were placed in several hospitals in Freetown.

A previous report, published by the vice president of Sierra Leone, stated that 92 people were killed, and “88 who suffered severe burns” were in the intensive care units.

Witnesses said the tanker exploded at a gas station after hitting another large truck. The fire then spread to the surrounding settlement.

Contrary to what the rescuer originally told AFP, the fuel depot located near the accident did not explode.

Most of the victims were street vendors and motorcyclists trapped in the blaze as they tried to stop fuel leaking from a tanker, a witness involved in rescuing the injured told AFP.

A nurse from the hospital where the injured were accommodated said that many women, men and children with “severe injuries” were admitted.

Several charred bodies were found in burned cars and in neighboring streets.

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