22 killed in fuel tanker explosion in Saudi Arabia
Rescue workers inspect the scene of Thursday's blast in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
November 1st, 2012
06:20 AM ET

22 killed in fuel tanker explosion in Saudi Arabia

[Updated at 1:51 p.m. ET] A fuel tanker rammed into a bridge and exploded into a ball of fire Thursday, killing 22 people and sending flames sweeping over the Saudi Arabia capital, state television reported.

In addition to the fatalities, at least 111 others were wounded, according to the report.

The accident occurred at a busy intersection in Riyadh.

It affected an unknown number of cars and left buildings with gaping windows

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  1. Edward wo

    Seems Like payback attack from syria for Saudi arms support to sunni rebels

    November 1, 2012 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Rogerr

      Pay back...by killing innocent people. Only a coward would consider that justice.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Meki60

      Rogerr: but that is exactly what the muslims are, cowards.

      November 1, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sam

    Cars don't – Fuel Tankers do explode...... google the word 'bleve'

    November 1, 2012 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. FIAZ

    Shia are Kafir. Shia are Jewish. Shia are enemies of Islam.

    November 1, 2012 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Evolution

      Fiaz, what's the connection between Shia Muslims and the exploded tanker? can't see any relevant point there. think again.

      November 1, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Taskmaster

      Fiaz: Shia are muslims but as usual if a muslim kills a muslim the muslims blame the Jews. That is why Islam has so many enemies. There's no difference in muslims and Nazis

      November 1, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert Bell

      You know, I suspect you really don't care about the schism between Catholics and Protestants. After all, we all are just Christians to you, right?

      Well, guess what? We feel the same way about Sunnis and Shiites. Who gives a darn?

      November 1, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Ummm

      Taskmaster: Theres a big difference. Namely Nazis worked in the name of christianity..

      November 1, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. abmri60

    Looks like acts of terrorism.
    First people die at a Saudi wedding and now this.

    November 1, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Abdullah A

      Not its was an accident . I was there. Stop saying things you don't know.
      My friend died there.

      November 1, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. XxChR15xX

    Exploded into a ball of fire? What else was it going to explode into? a ball of kittens?

    November 1, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Bunky

      Pork chops, a big, beautiful, ball of pork chops!

      November 1, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Badly-Bent

    I looked at those pictures. The tanker truck didn't seem to have nearly as much damage as the vehicles in and around the area. There had to be other (additional) sources of explosions that were far more powerful than just that tanker truck!

    November 1, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Cheese Wonton

      The tanker, what is left of it, is not visible in the photos. If you look at other press sources you can see photos of it laying on it's side under that overpass on fire, before it exploded. After the explosion there was very little left. The CNN photo also doesn't show the degree of damage to that overpass. Concrete on the support column is spalled off and re-bar is sticking out in all directions. That bridge will be down for a while.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. Badly-Bent

    I remember back around 1980 a fuel tanker caught fire in a tunnel in San Francisco. Cars that were entering the tunnel could not stop when they saw the fire ball coming from the tunnel because the vehicles behind them just pushed them into the tunnel. I believe now it is illegal to transport fuels through the tunnel or for a while it was illegal. Maybe it would be a good idea to have a required alternate route for volitile cargo in Riyadh?

    November 1, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Cheese Wonton

      The truck hit a highway overpass. This sort of crash happens all over the world. In California over the years several freeway overpasses have had to be replaced after being melted by burning fuel tankers, most recently in a suburb of Los Angeles.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. rad666

    Congress needs to hurry and send them a check to cover the damages.

    November 1, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Be_just

      Yes – Congress to send the Paper Bills (US Dollars) and take the OIL instead for 100 more years. Keep giving your Papers and getting the commodaties .

      November 1, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. Some Guy

    Funny part is the Yellow Chevy Van emergency vehicles... Go-go GM!

    November 1, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • scptt

      The heart beat of Saudi Arabia baby!!!!!!!

      November 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. winningchiver

    BRB, going to fill up with gas before it goes up .50 because of the "shortage" this causes.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. GRS62

    This will be the next "justification" for gas prices to rise in the U.S. Seriously, as ridiculous as that may seem, just wait and see.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. Pat

    Well I guess this means that gas prices are going to jump by at least 50 cents a gallon now right?

    November 1, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. phearis

    I'm sure some how Teapublicans will blame this on Obama and will cause oil prices to sky rocket.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BOMBO ©

    I'll admit I'm not an expert, but this shouldn't happen. The authorities are probably looking at the possibility of sabotage.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. johnquepublique

    ...OBAMINATION blames explosion on a YouTube video. Film at 11...

    November 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sofa King

      Obama didn't apologize to the tanker in time to prevent the explosion.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
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