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Peru tanker explosion death toll rises to 13

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A police officer stands by the wreckage of a gas tanker that exploded in Lima, Peru, on 23 January 2020. (AFP)

The death toll in the explosion of a gas tanker in Lima has risen to 13 after the overnight deaths of five people hospitalized with severe burns, Peru’s Health Ministry said Saturday.

The dead included children and a 40-year-old man from Venezuela, the ministry said.

Nearly 50 people were injured, many seriously, when a tanker truck carrying 10,000 liters of liquefied gas exploded early Thursday, igniting a major fire that destroyed several houses and vehicles in the capital’s Villa El Salvador district.

Investigators believe the explosion was caused when a fuel hose became detached as the tanker truck passed over a speed bump approaching an intersection.

The driver, initially reported to have died in the crash, survived.

Firefighters walk past destroyed houses after the explosion of a gas tanker in Lima, Peru, on 23 January 2020. (AFP)

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