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18 dead, 189 hurt as tanker truck explodes on China highway

June 14, 2020 GMT
In this aerial photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a view of the damaged buildings in the aftermath of a tanker truck explosion near Liangshan village of Wenling city in eastern China's Zhejiang province on June 14, 2020 The truck carrying liquefied gas exploded around 4:45 p.m. on Saturday June 13, 2020 on the Shenyang-Haikou Expressway before veering onto a factory workshop causing a second explosion according to local reports. (Huang Zongzhi/Xinhua via AP)
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In this aerial photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a view of the damaged buildings in the aftermath of a tanker truck explosion near Liangshan village of Wenling city in eastern China's Zhejiang province on June 14, 2020 The truck carrying liquefied gas exploded around 4:45 p.m. on Saturday June 13, 2020 on the Shenyang-Haikou Expressway before veering onto a factory workshop causing a second explosion according to local reports. (Huang Zongzhi/Xinhua via AP)
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In this aerial photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a view of the damaged buildings in the aftermath of a tanker truck explosion near Liangshan village of Wenling city in eastern China's Zhejiang province on June 14, 2020 The truck carrying liquefied gas exploded around 4:45 p.m. on Saturday June 13, 2020 on the Shenyang-Haikou Expressway before veering onto a factory workshop causing a second explosion according to local reports. (Huang Zongzhi/Xinhua via AP)

BEIJING (AP) — A tanker truck exploded on a highway in southeastern China on Saturday, killing 18 people and injuring at least 189 others, authorities said.

The explosion caused extensive damage to nearby buildings. One photo showed firefighters hosing down a row of buildings with blown-out facades well into the night.

The truck carrying liquefied gas exploded around 4:45 p.m. on the Shenyang-Haikou Expressway south of Shanghai in Zhejiang province, the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing local authorities.

A second explosion followed when the truck fell onto a factory workshop, Xinhua said.

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The Wenling city government information office said on its social media account that houses and workshops collapsed and 189 people were treated at six hospitals.

A worker at a nearby restaurant told Xinhua that the blast shattered the windows of her home, but that her mother and brother were unharmed.