A diesel truck has reportedly caught fire and exploded on Monday, August 1, in central Libya, killing at least nine people and injuring 76 others.
According o Libya ews Agency, the incident took place in the central town of Bent Bayya when the tanker truck overturned before catching fire and exploding.
It was gathered that residents in the area rushed to collect leaked gasoline despite warnings of possible fire and explosion, causing the high casualty tolls.
Halima al-Mahri, a spokeswoman for the center said at least 16 critically injured were evacuated to hospitals in the capital of Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi.
Meanwhile, it was not immediately clear what caused the tanker to overturn and explode as Fathi Bashagha, one of Libya’s rival prime ministers, said he ordered an investigation into the incident.