TWO individuals had been killed whereas 15 automobiles went up in flames when a tanker laden with petrol crashed on Tuesday at Eleme axis of Rumuokwurisi, Obio/Akpor Native Authorities Space of Rivers State.
The tanker, based on an eyewitness account, was attempting to keep away from a collision with a automotive when the motive force misplaced management crashed the automobile right into a bus parked by the roadside and exploded.
It was learnt that the tanker was on prime pace when the accident occurred, whilst the motive force of the tanker was mentioned to have escaped unscathed whereas his conductor and a passerby had been burnt past recognition.
The accident precipitated a gridlock alongside the Rumuokurisi axis of the East-West Street.
An eyewitness, who recognized himself as Johnson, stated because the tanker driver tried to regulate his car, petrol started to pour out.
“We noticed him making an attempt to manage the motor and all people ran away. Petrol began pouring and immediately, when it rammed right into a stationary bus, it caught fireplace. We didn’t understand how the motive force escaped.
“However the conductor couldn’t leap out. He was burnt utterly. One man, who didn’t see the fireplace rapidly was additionally killed. Different automobiles near the scene of the accident additionally went up in flames.
“Many individuals had been fortunate as a result of God save them from being burnt by the raging fireplace. When the fireplace stopped, we counted about 15 automobiles that have been destroyed. A filling station was additionally affected,” he added.
Nonetheless, the Public Relations Officer of the Federal Highway Security Corps, Rivers State Sector Command, Mr. John Michael, confirmed the incident and attributed the accident to rushing.
He defined that the incident occurred between 1am to 2am on Tuesday, including that whereas two individuals died, one different individual was injured.
Michael said that 19 autos and three buildings had been affected by the inferno.
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