A cargo truck loaded with fuel crashed into a flyover in the capital city of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, killing at least 22 people and caused injury to hundreds who were at the vicinity of the crash site.
According to the civil defense department in Riyadh, the truck loaded with gas leaked as it accidentally hits the edge of the bridge, causing the fuel to spill and instantly caught fire.
Civil defense chief, Saed al-Tweijri,blamed the truck driver for the accident but said the fire has already been put under control.
"The truck driver was surprised by a road accident on its route, causing it to crash into one of the pillars of the bridge," spokesman Captain Mohamed Hubail Hammadi said.
Fire spread quickly as seen on TV footage engulfing the nearby warehouses and and buildings as well as parked vehicles nearby.
The explosion occurred past 7:00 a.m. local time. Hours later, emergency crew and ambulances were seen on television footage carrying injured casualties to nearby hospitals for emergency treatment.
Many of the casualties were reported to be foreigners who are contract workers in Riyadh. One of the reported victim of the accident is a Filipino contract worker who was killed during the explosion.
Philippine Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul S. Hernandez confirmed the death of on Filipino and injury to nine other Filipino contract workers.
In his Twitter post, Hernandez said: “1 Filipino was killed in Riyadh fuel truck explosion, 9 in hospitals, 3 discharged. Embassy continues to check.”
In a radio interview on local station dzBB Friday, Vice Consul Genotiva said they will coordinate with the victim's employer for the repatriation.
We will coordinate with his employer to have his remains brought back to the Philippines soonest.
Death toll and injuries are expected to rise as victims are treated in various medical facilities in Riyadh.