No fewer than 60 individuals had been feared useless yesterday when a tanker loaded with Petroleum product fell and exploded alongside Odukpani LGA axis of the Ikom-calabar Freeway close to the Federal Housing property, Calabar, Cross River. The victims had been scooping gas from the tanker when it went up in flames.
An eyewitness, Mr Slyvester Ilem who narrated how the tragedy occurred mentioned; “I noticed individuals working to the scene with gallons and different containers to scoop gas after the tanker veered off the highway right into a ditch by the roadside.
“Cops from Odukpani Division additionally tried to cordon-off the realm however the individuals refused and continued to scoop gas. The remainder is now historical past because the tanker burst into flames and engulfed all of the individuals close to and inside the radius that the product had unfold to.
“Let me be modest, the individuals scooping that gas is not going to be lower than 60 to 70 individuals as a result of it was like a market place,” he mentioned.
When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Ugbo confirmed the incident including that that they had earlier warned the victims who took benefit of the unlawful act however they had been all useless now.
“Our males from Odukpani Division went there to cordon-off the realm however the individuals refused and continued scooping gas and earlier than we knew it, the place was already in flames. As we communicate, we can not verify the variety of deceased individuals as a result of the fireplace remains to be heavy. It’s only when the fireplace subsides that we are able to account for the victims, and provides evaluation of what occurred there,” she mentioned.
She nonetheless condoled with the households who misplaced their family members within the tragedy.
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