10 dead, six injured in fuel tanker accident in Lokoja

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Ten people were burnt beyond recognition while six others sustained serious injuries when a petrol tanker went up in flames in Felele area of Lokoja on Friday.

The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, in Kogi State, Segun Martins, who confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lokoja, said most of the victims were passengers travelling in an 18-seater commercial bus.

Also affected were one commercial tricycle operator, the driver and motor boy of the fuel tanker.

He said the death toll might rise as some of those who sustained injuries were in critical situation.

Mr. Martins said the dead and injured victims were moved to various hospitals in Lokoja.

Witnesses told NAN that the accident was due to a head-on collision between the bus, coming from Abuja and the tanker coming from the opposite direction.

They said the impact of the collision ignited the fire which spread to other vehicles while the entire area was covered by smoke for many hours.

Men of the state Fire Service Department, who arrived the scene at about 2:20 pm, could not really help due to lack of water in their vehicles.

The accident led to disruption in vehicular movement on the ever-busy Okene -Lokoja -Abuja Road but FRSC officials, police and sympathisers were seen trying to open the road.

(NAN)


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  • Abdullah Musa

    How many fuel tanker accidents are recorded yearly in UK, EU?
    We are just insane, no more no less.

    • George

      When Abokis with dead minds and brains imposed their thoughts and ideas on the rest reasonable human beings this what is happens.

      • Abdullah Musa

        You are lucky.
        You seem not to be amongst the reasonable human beings.
        A reasonable human being will not write what you wrote.

  • The Optimist

    What a tragedy and what a mess. With all the waters of Niger and venue converging there, he state Fire Service Department could not really help due to lack of water in their vehicles! Shame! The fire service boss there should be called to sit up. Obviously there was no sense of emergency preparedness. After all it’s the crack and gist boiled groundnut season.

  • Ibukun Bandele

    FIRECREW THAT HAVE NO WATER IN THEIR TRUCKS IN LOKOJA, UNBELIEVABLE

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  • Mentus

    Are these people real fire fighters? How can they blame their ineptitude on not having water. You do not fight fire caused by petrol or any oil with water, it is ineffective. I despair for Nigeria when fire men display such ignorance in what they are supposed to be specialists in.