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Two Burnt Beyond Recognition, Many Injuried As Petro Tanker Falls In Anambra

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Only two persons dead while six others sustained various degrees of injuries as a result of the petrol tanker that fell at Amawbia Roundabout in Awka, officials say.
But another report has it that over five persons feared dead after the unfortunate incidence.

It was gathered that the heavy duty vehicle carrying fuel went up in flames on Saturday night shortly after falling causing at least eight vehicles and some residential buildings within the vicinity to be destroyed.

An eyewitness who craved anonymous said that the fire occurred in front of the Amawbia Fire Service and near the Police Headquarters, Anambra Governor’s Lodge and other public buildings.

However, Mr Paul Igwemma, one of the victims of the mishap noted that his car got burnt in the fire, he disclosed that the tanker was negotiating a bend when it fell and subsequently burst into flames.

Speaking on how he survived the unexpected accident, Igwemma expressed gratitude to God, adding that he had to abandon his vehicle and ran for his dear life.

“I saw the vehicle trying to negotiate to this direction and all of a sudden the tank fell and hit the pavement of the roundabout so I immediately out of my car.

“Few seconds after, there was an explosion accompanied by fire and as you can see, my car burnt beyond recognition, together with about ten other vehicles”.
For Mary Anyaora, a resident of Anambra state, the number of casualties could still be more as many people were still trapped in their buildings and might not be able to escape from the fire.

Anyaora who wept for the lives lost, said that the effect of the fire could have been minimal, if there was an immediate intervention from the Fire Service.
Reacting to the accident, Mr Andrew Kumapayi, Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), blamed the incident on careless driving on the part of the tanker driver.

Kumapayi also told newsmen that only two persons died, while six others sustained injuries with eight vehicles burnt beyond recognition.

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