At least 92 people have died after an explosion in an oil tanker in Sierra Leone

The blast came after a bus hit a ship in Wellington on Friday afternoon. ! ! ! !

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An oil tanker exploded near Sierra Leone's capital, killing at least 92 people and seriously injuring scores of people after crowds gathered to retrieve leaking petrol, officials and witnesses said on Saturday.

The blast happened late Friday after a bus hit a tanker ship in Wellington, which is east of Freetown.

The mortuary at Connaught Hospital reported that 92 bodies had been admitted on Saturday morning. About 30 seriously injured victims were expected to survive, according to staff member Today Musa.

Burning trucks are pictured after a petrol tank exploded in Freetown

Trucks burn after petrol tank explosion in Freetown, Sierra Leone late Friday. Years of NATIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT / Reuters

The people who injured their burnt clothes in the fire following the blast lay naked on the floor when nurses saw them on Saturday.

A video obtained by the Associated Press on the effects of the blast showed a large firearm burning in the night sky as some survivors burned hard and cried out in pain. The burnt remains of the victims lie on the ground waiting to be transported to the morgue.

President Julius Maada Bio, who was in Scotland for a visit to the United Nations climate talks on Saturday, is saddened by the "horrific loss of life."

"My deepest sympathies go out to the families who have lost relatives and those who have been disabled as a result," he wrote on Twitter.

Deputy President Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh visited two hospitals overnight and said the National Disaster Management Agency of Sierra Leone and others would "work hard" in the aftermath of the emergency.

"We are all deeply saddened by this tragedy, and it is a very difficult time for our country," he said on his Facebook page.

An oil tanker exploded near Sierra Leone's capital, killing at least 92 people and seriously injuring scores of people after crowds gathered to retrieve leaking petrol, officials and witnesses said on Saturday.

The blast happened late Friday after a bus hit a tanker ship in Wellington, which is east of Freetown.

The mortuary at Connaught Hospital reported that 92 bodies had been admitted on Saturday morning. About 30 seriously injured victims were expected to survive, according to staff member Today Musa.

Burning trucks are pictured after a petrol tank exploded in Freetown

Trucks burn after petrol tank explosion in Freetown, Sierra Leone late Friday. Years of NATIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT / Reuters