Death toll in Sierra Leone tanker truck explosion rises to 99 – What happened?

On Friday night, an oil tanker in Sierra Leone’s capital exploded after a collision, killing at least 99 people and injuring more than 100 more.

On Saturday morning, when police and soldiers tried to disperse the crowd of onlookers gathered in the street, the tank truck’s shell appeared to continue to spill fuel.

A burned corpse and the black shells of several cars and motorcycles were strewn across the road in the Wellington suburbs east of Freetown, where hundreds of people gathered there.

Deputy Health Minister Amara Jambai said at least 99 people have died and more than 100 have been injured in hospitals and clinics in the capital.

Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, mayor of the port city, reported in a Facebook post that many of the victims flocked to collect fuel from damaged vehicles. Later, the publisher removed the reference.

Video shared online shortly after the blast showed people running through thick smoke as large flames lit up the night sky.

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