29 June 2014

Nigeria: Two Burnt to Death, Four Others Injured in Benin Fuel Tanker Accident

Two people were at the weekend burnt beyond recognition while four others sustained serious burns at the Oluku end of the Benin bypass in Edo State

This followed an accident involving a truck and a fuel tanker.

Reports had it that the four burnt victims were rushed to the Central Hospital, Benin for medical attention.

The accident, according to the reports, occurred when an articulated truck belonging Dangote Group of Companies rammed into a tanker fully loaded with 33,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (fuel), causing the tanker to go up in flames with two other trailers along the Benin bypass.

Officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), who described the accident as "fatal" and attributed it to "wrongful overtaking" quickly called in the Fire Service whose officials put out the fire.

As a result of the chaotic situation at the scene, FRSC personnel from Toll gate and Uwan Esigie Command were detailed to control traffic while others were at the entrance of the bypass diverting traffic to the town to avoid congestion near the scene.

The charred bodies of the dead victims have since been deposited at Benin Central Hospital morgue, according to the FRSC Zonal Commander, Benin, Mr. Charles Akpabio who confirmed the accident.

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