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At least 13 killed in Venezuela tanker truck fire

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Firemen spray water over a tanker on fire in Caracas on Dec. 29, 2011. At least 14 people were killed and 16 wounded Thursday when a truck carrying gasoline overturned and exploded on the Pan American highway connecting Caracas with the satellite city of Los Teques, authorities said.

AP reports: CARACAS, Venezuela — A tanker truck filled with gasoline crashed and burst into flames on Thursday in Venezuela, engulfing several cars and a bus and killing at least 13 people.

The tanker truck tipped over and spilled gasoline, which ignited and burned seven vehicles, Caracas fire chief William Martinez said.

Martinez said the tanker truck driver apparently lost control on the highway in Caracas but the cause of the accident was unclear.

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Bystanders watch at a burned bus at the site of an accident that killed at least 13 people in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011.

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The body of a victim lies on the street as firefighters inspect the wreckage of a burned bus after a traffic accident in Caracas Dec. 29, 2011. At least 13 people were killed and 13 wounded on Thursday when a truck carrying gasoline overturned and exploded in a highway, authorities said.