23 Killed in Kogi Fuel Tanker Crash By Ibrahim Oyewale
It was a tragic end for no fewer than 25 persons who lost their lives Wednesday in a multiple auto- crash that occured when an articulated petrol tanker lost control, fell on a car and burst into flame, killing 23 people, including school children.
THISDAY gathered that the accident occured at about 7.30am on Wednesday at Felele, a subburb of Lokoja, Kogi State Capital, when the tanker lost control as result brake failure and fell on a moving family car crushing them to death before the tanker went into flame.
Eye witnesse told journalists at the scene of the accident that the articlated fuel tanker fell around popular GT plaza at Felele area on Lokoja-Abuja highway on Wednesday morning.
He pointed out that several other vehicles, motorcycles and tricycles rammed into the accident, killing their occupants.
It was gathered that the petrol tanker, fully loaded with premium motor spirit and belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, rammed into five cars, two motorbikes and three tricyles popularly known as Keke.
Sources explained further that among those killed include five students of the state owned Polytechnic, three nursery school pupils and passersby, while a business man identified as Samson, his wife and three children were also killed.
The businessman, a sewing machine seller somewhere in Lokoja, was said to have met his death while dropping off his children at school.
” I was about crossing the road when I noticed the tanker driver signalling to motorists to steer clear, but before I could say Jack Robinson, the tanker was on its side falling on all vehicles beside it.
“Immediately the tanker fell, fire started and incinerated all vehicles along its way,” he said.
The rescue team of the Federal Road safety corps arrived around 10 am with an Ambulance from Rescue/rehabilitation to evacuate the corpses burnt beyond recognition while locals made frantic efforts to identify them.