Fuel tanker catches fire in highway crash; taxi driver killed

Fuel tanker catches fire in highway crash; taxi driver killed

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MAKKAH — Quick intervention by the Civil Defense averted a major tragedy when a car crashed into a fuel tanker carrying 33 tons of petroleum, sparking a fire on Jeddah-Makkah Expressway early Friday morning. At least two other cars were involved in the ensuing pile-up, said Naif Al-Sharif, spokesman for Makkah Civil Defense. He said the driver of a taxi burned to death while three other people were rescued. The dead driver was not immediately identified. Al-Sharif said the Civil Defense received information about the accident around 1 a.m. and firefighting teams from Makkah rushed to the scene. The firemen extinguished the blaze and removed oil spilt on the highway. — SG/SPA

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