Tragedy struck at the weekend at Umuokpo in Amairinabuo Community of Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State when a fuel tanker exploded, killing several people and injuring others.
Unconfirmed report had it that over 20 people, who rushed to scoop fuel from the fallen tanker, were burnt to death, while others, including 10 persons, said to be on danger list 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, hired a towing van.
And in the process of pulling it out, the tanker fell on its side and spilled the content.
Immediately the incident occurred, some villagers were said to have rushed to the scene to scoop fuel.
Chief Friday Erengwa, a community leader in whose house frontage the tanker fell, told Daily Sun: “Immediately the incident occurred, villagers rushed to scoop fuel and despite the fact that I came out from my house to warn them against the dangers inherent, they did not listen.
“Even the driver of the tanker made every effort to dissuade the villagers from scooping fuel from the tanker, but they turned a deaf ear.”
It was gathered that some of the villagers were still scooping the product when a commuter bus going to Aba from the Ikot Ekpene wanted to pass through where the tanker had fallen.
In the process, the bus fell into a crater on the road, the exhaust pipe touched a hard surface on the road and ignited fire, which immediately spread to the nearby fallen tanker and burnt everything within its range.
When Daily Sun visited the scene, the fuel tanker was still on fire 24 hours after the incident, even as the villagers decried the attitude of fire fighters from Aba who they said, came when the fire was raging but went back.
CLICK ON LINKS BELOW TO READ RELATED ARTICLES
Headlines Newsview all
No doubt, the ageless multi award winning pop Musician, Chris Okotie; now known as Rev. Chris Okotie is a very wealthy man; who loves seeing ... Full story
Charles Okonkwo Jr., Nigerian in New York arrested after killing brother, beating respected doctor mother into a coma
Charles Okonkwo Jr., a Long Island, New York, teenager with a history of psychiatric problems killed his 15-year old brother and brutally beat his mother ... Full story
Parents of the school girls that were abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok , Borno State on April 14, by the dreaded terrorist group, ... Full story
Rate this article
- 2Face’s Babymama, Sunmbo, Marks Wedding Anniversary
- Pictures From Dr Sid Fiancee’s Bridal Shower
- PDP accuses Aregbesola of renting crowd for rallies
One of the babymamas of 2Face Idibia, Sunmbo Ajaba, now known as Sunmbo Adeoye, is today, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, a year old in her ...
Music artiste, Sidney Esiri, popularly known as Dr. Sid, will be getting married to his beautiful sweetheart, Simi Osomo on Saturday, July 27, 2014.The happy ...
Residents of Abuja on Tuesday, lauded the Senate for approving the N271bn 2014 budget proposal submitted to it by the Ministry of the Federal Capital ...
Newly crowned Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN), Iheoma Nnadi, has disclosed that she will abandon her education for now because of her new status ...
The new owners of the Kano Electricity Distribution Company, Sahelian Power SPV Limited, said it had injected over N500m into the KEDC since takeover in ...
USAID has spent $4m (N640m) in the past three years in its effort at ensuring availability of potable water in Bauchi State. Team Leader , USAID ...
The Ondo State Micro-Credit Agency, says it has disbursed N80m as loan to small scale entrepreneurs in the last six months in the state.The General Manager ...
a screenshot of the 'fake account' Operators of the popular photo sharing platform, Instagram, have launched an investigation into a fake account of star actor, Jim ...
Yahoo has acquired an app analytics firm, Flurry, to help boost its advertising revenue from smartphones. Flurry helps app developers analyse data about their users and ...
James Rodriguez| credits: goal.com The Champions League winners have secured the services of the Colombia international on a six-year deal, ending speculation that has been bubbling ...