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Tanker explodes, burns over 10 to death in Delta

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OVER 10 persons were burnt to death yesterday as a petroleum tanker loaded with 33,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) exploded at the Koko junction axis of the Benin-Salele Expressway in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State.

  Scores of passers-by and indigenes of a nearby community sustained severe burns and injuries in the inferno that lasted several hours.

  Also severely affected were private and commercial vehicles as well as other makeshift buildings used as stores located close to the scene of the explosion.

  Eyes witness accounts at the scene of the incident disclosed that the loud noise from the explosion which occurred around 11am threw the entire area into a state of confusion.

  While many survivors including the security agents manning the nearest check points in the area ran into nearby bushes, most of the deceased were too close to escape the scene, resulting in burning beyond recognition alongside over 12 vehicles parked close to the scene.

  The eye witness said the tanker carrying petroleum product was trying to escape a bad spot when it fell and suddenly exploded between Koko Junction and Ologbo section of the Benin-Warri in Delta State.

  “More than 15 persons were burnt beyond recognition and about 10 vehicles were trapped in the explosion. Some of the burnt victims were occupants of the burnt vehicles. Officials of FRSC and security agencies are already here trying to remove the corpses. Many persons were injured. It’s a terrible situation,” he explained.

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