"Govt Took Their Lives": Pregnant Woman, 19 Others Die as Tanker Explodes along Warri-Benin Highway

"Govt Took Their Lives": Pregnant Woman, 19 Others Die as Tanker Explodes along Warri-Benin Highway

  • A tanker explosion on the Warri-Benin Highway in Delta state claimed the lives of at least 20 people on Sunday, October 1.
  • The tragedy was reportedly caused by a spark from a faulty vehicle while individuals were attempting to collect spilt fuel from the tanker
  • Among the victims of the tragic incident were a pregnant woman, children, and elderly individuals

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Warri North, LGA, Delta State - Not fewer than 20 people have reportedly lost their lives following the explosion of a tanker along the Warri-Benin Highway in the Warri North local government area of Delta state on Sunday, October 1.

Tanker accident/Warri-Benin Highway
A Firefighter tries to put out a fire on Lagos Ibadan Highway in Ibafo in the early hours of April 17, 2010, after two tankers caught fire following a collision. Photo credit: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP
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The incident was a result of a spark from a faulty vehicle while the persons were busy scooping fuel that spilt from the tanker, Vanguard reported.

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Tanker accident in Delta: Eyewitness speaks

Legit.ng gathers that a pregnant woman, children, and some elderly persons were among the dead.

An eye witness named Yusuf was cited as saying that the tanker fell and spilt its contents on the road, and some persons rushed to scoop fuel despite being warned by drivers and security men who had stormed the scene after they learnt the tanker had fallen.

His words:

“We tried to prevent them but the youths threatened to beat us up telling us it’s their community. They came in their numbers carrying all sorts of containers and when the explosion happened around 12:15 am this morning we all fled.
“You can see dead bodies on the ground, some of them ran into the forest as I speak some dead bodies have been removed, I counted over 20 bodies."

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Nigerians react to Delta tanker accident

Naija Apani, @iampeaceful10, said on X:

"Fix our roads. Is that too hard to ask for? "

Abisolaa LFC, @Omotabisolaa, prayed for the dead:

"This is so sad may their souls rest in peace."

Ọlá , @_OlaofLagos, said:

"90% certain they were scoping some spillover fuel when the tanker fell."

Still On Still, @manlikesos14, said:

"Govt took their lives... Becos if that road was working, this would have been avoided. "

Eze Kingsley, @ezekingx, said:

"This is the irresponsibility of a nation, where the citizenry thinks that advocating for good governance is a tribal war."

LASTMA rescues 3 as trailer crushes car in Lagos

In another related report, three persons were rescued on Sunday night, September 24, after a 40ft container fell on a Toyota Corolla car in the Ojuelegba area of Lagos state.

The three persons rescued by the Sari Iganmu Rescue Crew of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service and other State Emergency Responders include two male adults and a female, occupants of the car crushed by the trailer.

Source: Legit.ng

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