NO fewer than 22 individuals have been confirmed lifeless and three others injured after a petroleum tanker rammed into some passenger automobiles and exploded in Abudu, Orhionmwon Native Authorities Space of Edo State.
It was learnt that deceased victims had been burnt past recognition within the accident, which occurred at about four:25pm on Thursday, alongside the Benin-Agbor highway.
It was gathered that tragedy struck when a tanker laden with a petroleum product crashed into the automobiles, which had been stated to be shifting to Benin from Agbor in Delta State earlier than exploding.
The influence of the accident was mentioned to have affected a number of different autos.
The deadly accident, in accordance with an eyewitness, occurred throughout the diversion of site visitors on account of a defective bullion van.
State Sector Command of the Federal Street Security Corps confirmed the incident, including that it acquired a name from the Divisional Police Officer within the space.
Officers of the state fireplace service have been stated to have been invited to douse the fireplace whereas the victims had been pulled out of the street.
The spokesman for the sector command, George Otoaviokhai, who spoke to our correspondent on Friday, nevertheless, famous that the bullion van was not concerned within the accident or razed by hearth.
The State Commissioner of Police, Haliru Gwandu, additionally stated that he didn’t obtain any report a few burnt bullion van.
Gwandu had mentioned, “I’ve not obtained any details about (a) bullion van. However I do know I obtained a report a few deadly accident. The identical Abudu DPO advised me a few deadly accident, not bullion vans containing thousands and thousands of naira or dollars.”
Otoaviokhai listed the automobiles concerned within the crash to incorporate two buses, a Sienna automobile, a Dyna truck, one tanker, a Ford bus, a Toyota Corolla and a motorbike.
The state FRSC spokesman, who attributed the reason for the accident to brake failure, mentioned the occupants of 4 of the affected autos, together with the Toyota Corolla, have been burnt to ashes.
Otoaviokhai defined, “The bullion van truly broke down they usually have been attempting to repair it. They diverted visitors. It was within the technique of diverting visitors that the tanker rammed into the opposite autos.
“It was not as if it was the bullion van that was affected. It broke down and it was mounted. It was not a head-on collision. The autos have been coming from Agbor into Benin. The tanker rammed into parked automobiles. The tanker was loaded and there was a combustion.”
He, nevertheless, famous that whereas the corpse of one among deceased individuals was deposited in a mortuary, well being officers from the native authorities space have been invited to take cost of a mass burial of the charred stays of the opposite victims.
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