2 killed, 10 injured in fuel tanker fire in Rivers

Jimitota Onoyume

12 January 2012, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt – Two persons died, Friday, while about ten others reportedly sustained injuries when a petrol tanker fell on the ever-busy Mbiama end of the East West road in Rivers state.

Eleven vehicles, thirteen shops and some buildings were consumed in the inferno. Eye witnesses blamed the incident on bad driving.

According to them, the petrol tanker skidded off the road and fell, spilling its content. About five motorcycles were among items consumed by the raging fire.

The development caused a gridlock on the ever busy East West road.

It would be recalled that a petrol tanker veered off the road last year at Okobe, a community close to Mbiama, spilling its content. The tanker later burst into flames killing close to two hundred persons scooping fuel at the scene of the accident.

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