34.5 C
Lagos
May 20, 2024
GreentvAfrica News
EnvironmentNews

Tanker Explosion in Rivers State: Five Dead, Dozens of Vehicles Destroyed

An eyewitness who gave his name Baridi said the incident followed a petrol-laden tanker which collided with a heavy-duty truck, spilling its contents and bursting into flames.

Five people have been confirmed dead and over 70 vehicles burnt in the tanker explosion at the Eleme section on the East-West Road in Rivers State on Friday night.

An eyewitness who gave his name Baridi said the incident followed a petrol-laden tanker which collided with a heavy-duty truck, spilling its contents and bursting into flames.

He said the fire spread to a long stretch of vehicles plying the Akpajo-Onne Road following the gridlock which is a usual occurrence on the road now under construction.

Baridi said, “You know that because of the bad road, there is no alternative route so many vehicles were caught in the fire.

“Some people inside their vehicles who tried to escape the fire were trapped in the fire and died.”

A motorist driving on the road at the time identified as Precious said, “I was approaching Akpajo bridge when I saw a thick hold-up. While I and other drivers tried to move further we saw people running and shouting fire, fire.

“So it was difficult for me even to reverse my vehicle. We meandered and packed somewhere. Only for us to come back and see that more than 100 vehicles were burnt. There are people burnt in their vehicles and some people running were also caught in the inferno.”

He blamed the tragedy on the reconstruction of the road which, according to him, had worsened the gridlock.

“Yes they are working on the road which is good but they should also create access. Not the way they are doing it. First, they should be fast about it and secondly, the contractor should know that vehicles are using the road. Otherwise, this would not have happened,” he added.

Confirming the casualty figure, the spokesperson for the State Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, on Saturday, said, “For now about five persons are dead. The Commissioner of Police and his team were on the ground last night to ensure there is no breakdown of law and order.”

According to sources from the Government House, Port Harcourt the state governor, Siminalayi Fubara, would also be visiting the scene of the explosion to see things for himself on Saturday.

Already, the State Commissioner of Police, Olatunji Disu, with men from the Eleme Police Division and officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps had been on the ground since Friday night.

It was gathered that a team of firemen from the Indorama Petrochemical Company assisted by firemen from other private firms battled for about two hours before the fire was put out.

 

Related posts

Ghana Green Day, A Wake-Up Call To All.

GreentvAfrica

Nigeria Boosts Fight Against Wildlife Crime with UNODC Support

GreentvAfrica

Chinese Community felicitates with OBJ at 85, says world leaders should emulate him.

GreentvAfrica

Leave a Comment

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More