Thursday, 29 August 2013

3 Feared Dead, Five Burnt, As NNPC Tanker Exploded

It was wailing galore today at Orogun Junction along Iwo road/Ojoo expressway as no fewer than three persons were reported dead while five persons sustained serious burns when an NNPC tanker trying to offload fuel from another exploded and caught fire.

The raging inferno also touched no fewer than eight shops while two Sport Utility Vehicles were not spared as they were burnt to ashes.

The incident occurred beside Energy filling station at Orogun Junction via Iwo road/Ojoo expressway between 11am and 1pm.

Tick smoke covered the air as most shop and car owners packed in some perimeters close to the scene made frantic efforts to retrieve their properties for fear of being burnt

An eye witness Dr Ayo Osisanwo, told our man that the unfortunate incident occurred when an NNPC truck was offloading fuel from another NNPC truck which had fallen off the road but still loaded with fuel.

According to him, the inferno started in the process of technical transfer of the fuel to an empty tanker when the one loaded caught fire. 

Three persons were reportedly feared dead in the process as fuel drained into the area and exploded burning properties and human found along its path.

Five persons who sustained serious burns were rushed to the hospital with an Oyo state ambulance dispatched to the scene.

A detachment of men of the Nigerian Civil Defence Corp, Police, and the fire service stormed the scene but ran out of water and effort was made to source for water. 

As the fire rages on, there was traffic gridlock as the expressway was blocked leaving only one lane for those both traffic.

 The lane was totally blocked consequently as all road users tried to escape the scene.

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