Tanker explodes in Anambra


A fuel laden tanker exploded  at immigration junction in Awka, Anambra state capital, on Tuesday.


Though no life was lost  as the two persons in the truck came  out with out  any injuries.

According to an eyewitness, the driver was speeding when he lost control and crashed while trying to negotiate sharp corner.

Confirming the incident, Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Corps Commander, Adeoye Irelewuyi, attributed the cause of the crash to over-speed.

He warned motorist to desist from over speeding and to  observe recommended speed limits while driving.

He said, “An Unidentified driver of a Tanker laden with oil with no registration number was involved in a minor road traffic crash at Immigration Junction by Awka-Enugu Expressway today 15th, November, 2022 at about 06:50hrs.

“Two male adults were involved in the crash. None was  killed, none injured. Both occupants were rescued unhurt.

“The FRSC rescue team from RS5.3 Anambra Sector Command are on ground  managing traffic, the fire service are also on ground to extinguish the fire.”

The state Fire Chief, Engr Martin Agbili said no life was lost in the inferno, noting that the tanker driver and his conductor fled the scene shortly after the incident.


 “At about 0607hrs (6:07am) of today Tuesday 15-11-2022, Anambra State Fire Service, received a distress call of a fallen petrol tanker fire of 45,000litres capacity.

“Immediately, our fearless and tireless Firefighters and firefighting truck to scene of fire led by Fire Chief Agbili Martin Agility.

“Cause of Fire: Over Speeding of the tanker driver. Item Saved: Three petrol filling stations within that axis were saved from fire.

“Assistance Giving: Assistance were given by Nigerian Police Force, FRSC, Civil Defence, DSS. Extinguising medium: We were able to extinguish the fire with the mixture of chemical foam compound and water.

“Loss of Life: There no loss of life. The driver and conductor of the tanker could not be found and probably, they were able to escape.

“The firefighting operation was very successfully as we fought the fire to standstill,” he stated.

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