Multiple crash as tanker spills diesel on P-Harcourt road

Egufe Yafugborhi

19 September 2012, Sweetcrude, PORT HARCOURT – Some persons were feared dead, Tuesday, in multiple accidents, after a fuel tanker spilled more than half of its diesel content on the fast lane of the Waterlines-Garrison Flyover in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The diesel spilled by the crashed tanker in the early hours of the day resulted in a number of vehicles skewing and crashing against the flyover pavement.

When Sweetcrude visited the scene, several men of Traffic Management Agency, TIMARIV, had taken control of traffic, advising motorists to go slow on the slippery road while officials of state Fire Service were busy mopping the spilled diesel to ease vehicular movement on the road.

State Chief Traffic Controller of TIMARIV, Mr. Confidence Eke, however, dispelled fears of deaths as a result of the several cars that crashed against the pavement of the bridge at the spill spot.

He said: “We did not record any casualty, although there were people with various degrees of injuries. Because of the slippery nature of the road, we had multiple rear end collisions as vehicles ran into the spill portion hitting the walkway on the bridge. But I think no one has been confirmed dead.”

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