25 October 2020,   13:07
Peru - Gas truck explosion leaves two dead and 50 injured

A truck carrying natural gas exploded on Thursday in Lima, Peru’s capital, killing at least two people and injuring another 50 in an accident.

The accident occurred when the vehicle burst into flames after it hurtled off a ramp, breaking a valve, leaking gas and igniting several nearby homes, in the district of Villa El Salvador, in the southern side of the city. The electricity company was asked to cut the service in the area and neighbors to ventilate their homes and clean the floors to avoid “greater consequences”.

Local authorities confirmed that a 13-year-old girl became the second person killed by the explosion. The director of the National Institute of Child Health, Ricardo Zopfi, explained that the victim arrived at the hospital with respiratory arrest and severe burns.