1 July 2011

Nigeria: Fuel-Laden Tanker Crashes, Kills 15 in Adamawa

Yola — About 15 people were killed yesterday afternoon when a fuel-laden trailer crashed along Jabbi-Lamba -Mubi Road, near Girei town of Adamawa state.

An eye witness who simply identified himself as Danladi Garba, told newsmen that one of the rear tyres of trailer burst while in motion and the driver lost control. He said in an attempt to control the vehicle, it somersaulted and burst into flames after hitting electric poles.

He said the fuel-laden trailer filled with over 20 drums of petrol was heading to a border village of Jamtari, in Maiha local government area of the State.

"One of the tyres of the trailer got burst and the driver lost control and it went up in flames. About 15 people were burnt beyond recognition. The corpses were later evacuated," Garba has said.

However when contacted the State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Mr. L.S Kinya, confirmed the fatal accident but said he was yet to get the exact figure.

Kinya who noted that four survivors were taken to hospitals, however warned motorists and passengers not to indulge in any act that could cause their lives.

By press time mass burial was being conducted for those who lost their lives in the accident.

Copyright © 2011 Daily Trust. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.