Monday 24 July 2023

TRAGEDY: Eight Die In Ore Tanker Explosion – FRSC

The leading Nigeria’s road traffic management agency, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has again warned general public against the habit of fuel scooping whenever a tanker spilled it’s content on the road should any accident occurred.

The Ondo State Sector Commander of the Corps, CC Ezekiel Son-Allah, gave the advice following an eight persons that confirmed dead while scooping fuel after a petrol-laden tanker fell and spilled its content along Benin-Ore Expressway, in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State.

CC Son-Allah, on Monday confirmed that eight persons were burnt to death following the explosion.

He said the white fuel tanker with no registration number lost control due to overspeeding.

Son-Allah noted that following the development, some residents of the close by village stormed the scene and started scooping fuel spilled from the fallen tanker.

According to him, unfortunately, the tanker exploded, burning eight persons who were scooping fuel to death.

He said the tanker and motor boy managed to escape from the scene unhurt.

He said the FRSC rescue team has deposited the victims’ remains at the morgue of the General Hospital in Ore.

The incident is the latest in petrol tanker explosions in Nigeria. Fuel accidents are frequent in Nigeria, and commonly happen when residents try to siphon off oil or petrol from pipelines or when tanker drivers crash on poorly maintained roads.

In June 2021, five people died and 13 others were injured in Lagos when a tanker exploded because of a gas leakage.

In April 2022, 12 people were killed and dozens of houses burnt when a fuel tanker overturned, spilled its contents, and caught fire in central Nigeria’s Benue state.

In January of that same year, a tanker explosion in the southern city of Agbor claimed four lives and injured 11.

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