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The Worst Car Crashes In History

Automobile accidents are one of the biggest killers in America, and worldwide there are millions of car crash casualties every year. While more advanced safety features increase the likelihood of survival during impact, no one is completely immune to the dangers of the road. Deaths can be caused via injuries accrued in the accident, but crashes that result in explosions often lead to victims burning to death. The damage a single person can do behind the wheel of a car can be catastrophic, and the worst car crashes in history show us just how bad we can screw up. 

Around the world, car crashes occur each year. Oftentimes, accidents are minor, but often people are killed in particularly nasty crashes. While fatal car crashes are common, the deadliest car accidents in history are much more than your average fender bender. They involve deadly explosions, treacherous driving conditions, and a run of bad luck that would put any gambler out of business. This list will expose the horrifying realities of history's deadliest auto accidents, and hopefully shine a light on the dangers of gas siphoning. 

  • 1995 Tamil Nadu Truck Collision

    Date: March 12, 1995

    Location: Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, India

    Deaths: 110

    Documentation remains scarce, but reports detailing a crash in India's Tamil Nadu state suggest that it may be one of the worst in the country's history. The collision involved a tanker truck hauling benzene, which ignited at some point after the crash. It is unknown if the crash saw any survivors, but an estimated 110 people are said to have lost their lives. 

  • 2000 Ibadan Road Tanker Explosion

    Date: November 5, 2000

    Location: Ibadan, Lagos, Nigeria

    Deaths: 100+

    A runaway fuel truck smashed into gridlocked traffic near Nigerian city of Lagos, according to the BBC. The accident occurred in the Osun state on a road that connects the cities of Ife to Ibadan. A precise death toll was never determined, but over 100 people died and many killed near the explosion were burnt to death. Reports circulated that the accident may have been the fault of local police officers. Allegations of reckless corruption were thrown against the police, who had established a road block to collect tolls when the deadly collision occurred. The accident was also controversial because it was the fourth high causality road accident in Nigeria within three months, and many blamed poor vehicle maintenance and poor road conditions for the onslaught of accidents. 

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    2007 Kagarko Truck Explosion

    Date: March 28th 2007

    Location: Kagarko, Kaduna, Nigeria

    Deaths: 70+

    In March of 2007, CBC reported that a truck tipped over and subsequently exploded in the small Nigerian village of Kagarko. Many victims lost their lives while trying to extract fuel from the overturned vehicle. As many victims were burned well beyond recognition, a precise death toll was never determined. Deaths related to siphoning gasoline have become commonplace in some parts of Nigeria, often numbering in the hundreds per year.  

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    2008 Boromo Bus Collision

    Date: November 15, 2008

    Location: Boromo, Burkina Fason

    Deaths: 66

    A cargo truck and a passenger bus collided in Burkina Faso, a small country situated on the west coast of Africa. Shortly after the collision, the two vehicles combusted and became engulfed in flame. There were 96 victims in total, and only about a third of them survived.