Fuel truck explodes in fireball on Ulaanbaatar city street
Six people, including three firefighters, died in Ulaanbaatar after a fuel tanker truck carrying 60 tonnes of liquefied natural gas crashed and exploded in a fireball.
Six people, including three firefighters, died in Ulaanbaatar after a fuel tanker truck carrying 60 tonnes of liquefied natural gas crashed and exploded in a fireball. The truck and a car collided at an intersection in the capital at around 1 am on Wednesday January 24, causing a massive fireball and a series of explosions that killed 6 people and injured 11 people, officials said. The collision resulted in a huge blaze at the scene of the crash which was outside a shopping center, close to an apartment building and an international school in Ulaanbaatar. The 12-story apartment building caught fire, with firefighters working until early morning to extinguish the flames. Mongolia’s Emergency Management Office told The Associated Press that a total of three explosions occurred after the crash, the last of which killed the three firefighters. The relevant authorities and people of the public expressed condolences to the families of those involved. Ten people were taken to a hospital to be treated for burns and another person was being treated at a poison center, authorities said. Forty-three people were evacuated from the burning apartment building and more than two dozen cars caught fire in the explosions. The Mongolian National Emergency Management Agency said that four children were among the injured.