Death toll rises to 20 in east China truck blast

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HANGZHOU, June 15 (Xinhua) — The death toll from a Saturday tank truck blast in east China’s Zhejiang Province has risen to 20, local authorities said Monday.

As of 7 a.m., more than 170 injured people, including 24 seriously injured, were receiving medical treatment in hospitals.

The accident occurred at around 4:40 p.m. Saturday when a tank truck loaded with liquefied petroleum gas exploded near a village in the city of Wenling on a section of the Shenyang-Haikou Expressway.

A second blast soon followed. The explosions caused the collapse of nearby residential buildings and factory workshops.

The large-scale search and rescue work at the scene is generally completed. Enditem

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