More than 40 people were injured when an overturned petrol tanker exploded in the road in northern Colombia on ear the town of Pueblo Viejo on the Caribbean coast.
Crowds had gathered around the tanker to try to siphon off fuel when the vehicle burst into ﬂames. At least seven people have burned to death. Some of the injured have serious burns. There are fears that the death toll will rise further. The accident occurred on the road connecting the towns of Barranquilla and Cienaga, in north Magdalena department, near the town of Pueblo Viejo. „It is a tragic situation that the town of Pueblo Viejo is undergoing,” the mayor Fabian Obispo said. Individuals in the Pueblo Viejo area are advised to monitor developments to the situation, obey all instructions issued by the local authorities, and avoid the area of the incident.
The director of the Magdalena Risk Management Ofﬁce, Javier Pava, told Efe that due to the severity of the burns, 17 of the wounded were transferred to hospitals in Santa Marta and Valledupar. Hospital services in the city of Barranquilla, around 45 kilometers (28 miles) from the accident, are reported to be close to saturation due to the coronavirus outbreak in one of Colombia’s worst-hit region.