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Several injured, shops razed as tanker explodes in Anambra


Several persons were wounded while shops were razed a diesel laden tanker exploded in an inferno in Agulu, Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra state Wednesday night.

The State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Andrew Kumapayi, confirmed the incident.

Kumapayi said the tanker crashed when the driver suddenly lost control while descending a slope towards Nise/Amawbia Road of the area.

The spillage from the truck reportedly spread to a transformer and nearby shops and burst up in flames.


In another development, 13 persons sustained varying degrees of injury in a road accident at Okija, in Ihiala LGA of the state same day.


Mr. Kumapayi, while reporting on the two crashes, said: “At about 17.20pm on Wednesday night, a diesel laden tanker without a registration number crashed at Agulu town close to Owo filling station while descending towards Nise/Amawbia road.

“Combined team of the FRSC and NPF who were on the ground barricaded the crash scene to divert traffic while the men of the State Fire Service extinguished the inferno.

“On 25th November 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 the FRSC and NPF.”

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