A Chinese highway transformed into a raging inferno after an overturned tanker coated the road in liquid natural gas.
Dashcam footage from a passing car shows a car bursting into flames just moments after the driver pulled onto the shoulder behind the tanker truck.
A Chinese highway was engulfed in flames after a tanker coated the road in liquid natural gas pic.twitter.com/NwkOp55Fqj— RTÉ News (@rtenews) February 12, 2018
As he pulls over, the entire length of road turns into a sea of flame, engulfing another car and incinerating trees and bushes edging the road.
Two people were seriously burned and another six sustained light injuries, according to local media reports. The rig's drivers escaped injury.
The footage was taken yesterday along a motorway in Hebei province, bordering Beijing.
The Beijing-Harbin Expressway, where the incident occurred, is a major thoroughfare for trucks carrying coal, LNG and other commodities, as well as motorists.
The scene occurred ahead of the beginning of Chinese New Year this week, when the country's roads are packed with people heading home to visit their families in what is often described as the world's largest human migration.