Gas truck explodes in Lima; 2 persons killed

A burned car is pictured after a tanker truck carrying gas exploded in a residential area in Lima, Peru on Jan. 23. REUTERS/SEBASTIAN CASTANEDA
A burned car is pictured after a tanker truck carrying gas exploded in a residential area in Lima, Peru on Jan. 23. REUTERS/SEBASTIAN CASTANEDA

LIMA – A truck carrying natural gas exploded on Thursday in Peru’s capital, killing at least two people and injuring 48 others.     

The truck burst into flames after it hurtled off a ramp on a street in Lima. At least 11 children were sent to local hospitals with severe burns, authorities said.

Health Minister Elizabeth Hinostroza said over 50 percent of the victims were in “very critical” condition, with burns covering over 80 percent of their bodies.

Peru restricts the shipping of gas to homes and industry via pipelines, and relies heavily on trucks for distribution of the fuel.(Reuters)

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