Several people burnt to death and no fewer than 10 vehicles, seven buildings and shops have been destroyed when a tanker conveying petrol to an unknown destination fell at Amawbia round about, near Governor’s lodge in Anambra state.
The incident happened about 9.20pm on Saturday close to the Fire Service office.
Though no casualty had been reported, men of the police and fire fighters have been battling to salvage situation.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, while confirming the incident, described it as sad and unfortunate.
This is coming just days after a tanker explosion rocked the state
A petroleum tanker loaded with 33,000 litres of fuel, had on the 4th February, 2019, crashed into Nkwo Ogidi Market in Idemili North Local Government Area and burst into flames.
The inferno destroyed goods worth millions of naira.
An eyewitness, Chukwudi Arinze told newsmen that the vehicle, at about 11:00am was climbing the steeply section of the Chinua Achebe Bye Pass, from the expressway through the International Building Materials Market, but couldn’t get to Ugwunwasike Roundabout before the vehicle started rolling backwards.
He said the tanker fell in the market, thus spilling its contents into the adjoining routes behind the market, adding that people began to scoop fuel from the scene before the tanker exploded and the whole place burst into flames.