Six killed in Cross River tanker explosion
Three Soldiers were said to be among the six persons burnt to death in Iwuru, Biase Local Government Area in central district of Cross River State on Wednesday night when a tanker laden with petroleum products crashed and exploded along the Calabar – Ikom highway.
Similarly, a fuel tanker laden with petrol fell and caught fire on the Festac Link Bridge in Awuwo Odofin LGA of Lagos State destroying some properties.
The incident which occurred seventy kilometres away from Calabar according to an eye witness who gave her name as Agnes happened when the taker developed break problem and the driver tried to maneuver it to a ditch to avoid collision with oncoming vehicles causing the tanker to upturn.
The soldiers, according to Agnes were travelling in opposite direction when the accident occurred and they stopped their vehicle and rushed to rescue the driver and the conductor when the taker exploded into a bowl of fire and engulfed them.
“When the tanker fell into the gutter, smoke started coming out and the soldiers who were in a vehicle heading to Calabar quickly stopped their van and went to rescue the driver and the conductor but suddenly the taker burst into flames and they were caught in the fire” Agnes said
She said three of the soldiers were trapped in the inferno while one managed to escape with severe burns and was rushed to the Akamkpa General Hospital for medical attention.