Explosion on Chinese highway sends shockwaves across the road

Posted at 8:23 AM, Oct 10, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-10 08:23:38-04

HUNAN PROVINCE, China (WTVR) – Video has emerged of a terrifying moment on a highway in China. A gas tanker exploded, killing five people including three firefighters and sent visible shockwaves across the road.

People were filmed desperately trying to escape as smoke billowed from a tanker that had overturned on the major motorway in central China's Hunan province on Saturday.

After the road is engulfed in thick smoke a massive blast rocks the highway and surrounding valley. 

The tanker was carrying liquefied natural gas and had leaked around 20 tons before the blast, two fire trucks and five other vehicles were destroyed.

It is not yet known what caused the accident.