Many Feared Dead as Tanker Conveying Fuel Explodes in Delta

A tanker explosion in Oghara, Delta state has left a minimum of 20 persons burnt to death with so many others left with various degrees of burns.

Information gathered by Daily Report Nigeria revealed that the tanker burst into flames when it fell into a ditch around the Koko- Ologbo axis of the Benin/Sapele expressway in Ethiope West Local Government Area of the State.

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Graphic images resulting from the incident had gone viral on social media, showing the disfigured remains of victims who were mostly passengers trapped in their vehicles.

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According to sources, the sad event occurred around 11am on Wednesday morning.

An eyewitness who narrowly escaped the incident narrated that several vehicles were trapped and burnt.

The witness who gave his name as Nnamdi told newsmen that he was traveling from Benin when their vehicle was forced to park the gridlock the incident had caused on the road.

He said, “the situation was terrible. Many people died because they were trapped.

“If my memory will not fail me, I counted about 20 gory bodies and 10 passenger vehicles that were burnt. Ours was lucky because we got there when fire fighters were already battling the fire.

“Many people were trapped inside the vehicles and it was difficult to rescue them because the fire was really huge.

“We were told that the tanker was trying to avoid a bad spot in the road when it suddenly veered off, and fell with an explosion”, he said.

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