A fuel truck explosion has killed 18 people and injured at least 189 others in south-east China, authorities say, with footage showing the tanker flying through the air before crashing into a building.

The truck, which was carrying liquefied gas, exploded on the Shenyang-Haikou Expressway south of Shanghai in Zhejiang province, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

The first blast occurred at about 4:45pm on Saturday.

Footage recorded on a dashboard camera shows the truck flying through the air and over a building.

A second explosion occurred when the truck fell onto a factory workshop, Xinhua said.

The explosions caused extensive damage to nearby buildings.

The Wenling City Government information office said residential buildings and workshops had collapsed.

Another video shows the truck’s damaged tank among the rubble of a building.

More footage shows several cars on fire near the crash site, with other videos capturing flames erupting during the second explosion.

One photo shows firefighters hosing down a row of buildings with blown-out facades later that night.

Extracted in full from: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-14/fuel-truck-flies-into-air-after-exploding-in-china/12354048