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Shops burnt to ashes, 13 injured in Anambra tanker explosion



On Wednesday, multiple shops were destroyed in a fire explosion involving a diesel-laden tanker in Agulu, in the Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State.


The tanker reportedly crashed when the driver lost control while descending a slope towards Nise/Amawbia Road.

A witness said the spillage from the truck spread to a transformer and nearby shops, which went up in flames.

Similarly, 13 persons sustained varying degrees of injury in another road accident at Okija, in the Ihiala LGA of the state on Wednesday.

The accident, which occurred on the Ihiala-Onitsha Road, involved a white Toyota Hiace bus and a Toyota Sienna Space bus.

The Anambra State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Andrew Kumapayi, confirmed the two crashes.

He said no life was lost in both accidents, adding that victims were rushed to hospitals for medical attention.

Kumapayi said, “At about 17.20pm on Wednesday, a diesel-laden tanker without a registration number crashed at Agulu town, close to Owo Filling Station while descending towards Nise/Amawbia Road.

“A combined team of FRSC and NPF, who were on ground, barricaded the crash scene to divert traffic, while men of the state fire service extinguished the inferno.


“On November 25, 2020, 13 people got injured in a serious crash involving a white Toyota Hiace bus, with registration number SSM 880 ZJ, and a Toyota Sienna Space bus, with registration number GEA 29 AW, which occurred at Okija, along Ihiala-Onitsha Road.

“They were rushed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Ihiala, by the FRSC rescue team from Ihiala Unit Command. Road obstruction was cleared by the combined team of FRSC and NPF.”

He counseled truck drivers to embark on regular maintenance of their vehicles and drive with concentration, just as he urged them to observe at least 15 minutes’ rest after every four-hour drive to avoid fatigue.

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