File image of a tanker explosion

At least 57 people have been killed and 65 injured in a fuel tanker explosion at Morogoro, west of the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam, police said on Saturday.

“There was a big blast which has so far killed at least 57 people,” mainly people trying to collect leaking fuel, regional police chief Willbrod Mtafungwa told reporters.

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According to the police, there are fears the death toll could rise as the day go by .

Pictures posted online show flaming wreckage scattered over a wide area and charred bodies lying on the ground.

Police said people were trying to recover fuel from the vehicle, which had overturned on a major road sometime earlier when the blast happened.

The city of Morogoro is on a major route for transporting cargo and fuel from the port, which is the country’s commercial capital.

“The situation is really bad. Many people died, here even those who were not stealing fuel because this is a busy place,” said eyewitness Daniel Ngogo, quoted by Reuters news agency.