Monday, 5 November 2012

20 Die Scooping Fuel From Fallen Tanker

Umuokpo in Amairinabuo Community of Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State was thrown into a state of mourning weekend, when a fuel tanker exploded, killing several people and injuring others.
Unconfirmed report put the death toll at 20 persons who were burnt to death when they rushed to scoop fuel from the fallen tanker, while others, including 10 persons, said to be in a precarious condition in a mission hospital in the area, sustained various degrees of burns.
However, another source said only three persons had been confirmed dead.
The incident, which happened at Kilometre 10 on the Aba/Ikot Ekpene Highway last Friday, was said to have occurred when a Mack fuel tanker with the registration number ABIA: XA 976 KKE, heading towards Aba, got stuck in mud as a result of bad road condition.
The driver, in an attempt to move the tanker, hit a towing van and in the process of pulling it out, the tanker fell on its side and spilled its content.
Immediately the incident occurred, some villagers were said to have rushed to the scene to scoop fuel.


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