Ughelli — As families of those who lost their lives in the recent fire accident at Okogbe that resulted from tanker explosion still grapples with the devastating effects of the incident, indigenes of Okorikpere community, Okpe Local Government Area, Delta State yesterday invaded a Tanker loaded with fuel that fell into a drain in the community along the East-West road to scoop fuel.
Saturday Vanguard learnt that it took the intervention of men of the Joint Military Task Force, JTF and police officers from the Orerokpe police division to scare the villagers away with buckets, jerry cans and other containers from scooping the fuel that was gushing out of the tanker with registration number XB119BKW.
According to a source, the tanker which was heading to Warri from Ughelli direction fell into the concrete drain at about 7am after it lost control and veered off and collided with a stationary Audi 80 car with registration number AQ 82 KPE.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it was the security agents that cleared the heavy traffic grid caused by the accident, adding that part of the road was barricaded to facilitate the evacuation of the fuel into another tanker.
Chief Daniel Okukpe, President General of the community said he had contacted the State Security Service, SSS at Orerokpe, the police and the JTF to come to their rescue. As at the time of filing this report, fuel was still being loaded into the other tanker.