Four Burnt Beyond Recognition As Fuel Tanker Explodes On Ajaokuta Bridge, Kogi State

By 07:28 Wed, 28 Oct 2015 Comments

A fire outbreak on a major road in Kogi state has claimed the lives of motorists with properties also destroyed by the inferno.

Not less than four persons were burnt beyond recognition yesterday when a fuel-laden tanker burst into flames on the River Niger Bridge after Itobe in Ajakuta Local Council of Kogi State, according to Reporters

It was gathered that the tanker driver and the conductor had tampered with the fuel tanker at Itobe near Ajaokuta, where they might have sold out some of the fuel and, in the process, they could not properly cover the valve which started gushing fuel onto the bridge.

The correspondents of Leadership who were around the scene, however, sustained various degrees of injury when they jumped out from the moving vehicle that conveyed them.

The Reporters gathered that the driver of the 33,000 liters capacity tanker made frantic efforts to stem the outpouring of fuel from the side valves of the tanker, before the sudden fire outburst that consumed them.

A motorcyclist, who was attempting to overtake the Toyota Haice bus of the correspondents Chapel slipped over the fuel, fell down and the scratch of the silencer on the bridge ignited the fire which consumed the fuel tanker as well as the driver of the tanker.

The Toyota Haice bus, which had passed immediately after, caught fire from the underside, during which a stampede ensued inside the bus.

Others who later alighted were able to put out the fire with the fire extinguisher, while those injured were taken to the nearby Crestwood Hospital, Ajaokuta, for treatment.



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