Nineteen dead in gas-tanker accident in China's Zhejiang

An aerial view shows rescue workers at the scene where a building collapsed after a tanker trunk carrying liquefied petroleum gas exploded at a highway exit in Taizhou, Zhejiang province, China June 14, 2020. Picture taken June 14, 2020. cnsphoto via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. CHINA OUT.

BEIJING (Reuters) - A tanker truck explosion in southeast China killed 19 and injured 172, the state-run People’s Daily said on Sunday.

The tanker carrying liquefied petroleum gas exploded at a highway exit in Taizhou in Zhejiang province on Saturday afternoon, an earlier report said. The blast sent flames and a cloud of smoke high into the sky, state-media pictures showed.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, media said.

The government commission responsible for safety production called for the investigation be completed within a certain time, state media reported, without specifying the period. The report said the commission called for traffic police to step up law enforcement focusing on vehicles such as those carrying dangerous chemicals.

Reporting by Yew Lun Tian; Editing by William Mallard