Horrifying truck inferno caught on camera 

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This is the terrifying moment a truck transporting paint crashed into a broken down van on a highway in China.

The truck was traveling near Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province on Monday July 17 when the crash happened.


As the footage shows, the van is on the hard shoulder when the truck clips the back end, causing an enormous explosion.

The inferno can be seen exploding across the entire carriageway and into the other side too.

The van is reported to have been carrying steel products. Samples of both vehicles have been sent off for further investigation.

Fire crews had to battle the blaze for several hours, closing both sides of the highway, with only one lane being opened an hour and a half later.

Speaking to Chinese news outlets, the driver of the van, known only as Zhang, said: "The explosion went off just at the collision. I didn't even see how it happened. I just heard a big boom and it had occurred".

Both Zhang and the lorry driver known as Peng managed to escape without injury.