Nigeria: Tanker Explosion Leaves 25 People Dead, Others Injured


Twenty five people have reportedly been killed in central Nigeria after a fuel tanker exploded following a collision with other vehicles.

Media reports suggest a primary school pupil and students are among the dead.

The crash occurred on Wednesday morning on a major highway in Lokoja where the driver lost control of the tanker after the brakes failed, local police said.

Lokoja police spokesman, Willy Aya said that several victims were charred.

Eyewitnesses’ accounts indicate that many of dead were pedestrians, including the students who were crossing the road to go to college.

Others who died included a group who was killed inside their car, he said.

Footage of the aftermath shared on social media shows a huge plume of black smoke billowing into the sky at the gory scene.

In June this year, four people were killed in the country’s biggest city, Lagos, after two petrol tankers collided.

The fire spread to another tanker carrying natural gas.


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