Many feared dead, properties burnt as petrol tankers explode in Rivers
Many feared dead as two petrol tankers exploded in a checkpoint-induced accident at Omurelu community along the Elele-Owerri Road, Ikwere Local Government Area, Rivers state.
WITHIN NIGERIA gathered that the inferno spread into the community, destroying houses, valuable properties and leaving some residents severely injured.
According to eyewitnesses, the incident happened on Tuesday September 28 when one of the tankers conveying the inflammable product was flagged down by a petroleum task force operating in the area.
Eyewitnesses allege that while the task force was trying to ‘inspect’ the tanker driver, another tanker driver on speed lost control and hit the stationary one at the checkpoint.
The two tankers fell, spilled their contents, and burst into flames.