Several People Confirmed Dead as Petrol Tanker Explodes in Anambra State
A tanker fully loaded with petrol has exploded near the lodge of the Anambra State Governor.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt from eyewitnesses that at least eight vehicles and some residential buildings within the vicinity were also destroyed in the inferno.
The tanker was said to have skidded off the road. Afterwards, it fell down and burst into flames.
The fire is said to still be raging and there are speculations that some persons have been burnt beyond recognition.
Confirming the incident, Mr Andrew Kumapayi, Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), blamed the incident on careless driving on the part of the tanker driver.
Kumapayi said that two persons died, while six others sustained injuries with eight vehicles burnt beyond recognition.
“The driver did not stop when the tank fell, the incident happened in front of the Fire Service and fire fighters were still making efforts to put out the fire,” he said.
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Fuel laden tanker explodes in Awka, Anambra State. pic.twitter.com/sCYTJCCA5p
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