Driver burnt to death as tanker crashes at Ukya vil­lage

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Abubakar Sadiq Isah

A mid­dle-aged driver was burnt to death af­ter a petrol tanker crashed and went up in flames on Satur­day af­ter­noon at Ukya vil­lage, on the Abaji-Toto road.

Our re­porter learnt that the con­duc­tor of the un­marked tanker, who sus­tained var­i­ous de­grees of burn, was res­cued by sym­pa­thiz­ers and taken to Toto Gen­eral Hospi­tal, Nasarawa State.

A wit­ness said the in­ci­dent hap­pened around 12: 47 pm when the driver of the tanker, loaded with 33,000 liters of petrol, lost con­trol while ne­go­ti­at­ing a sharp bend and crashed into the bush.

“The tanker caught fire in­stantly af­ter it crashed and the driver was trapped in­side. There is no way he could be res­cued due to the high in­ten­sity of the fire but the con­duc­tor man­aged to es­cape with se­ri­ous burns,” he said.

This re­porter, who ar­rived an hour later, saw the burnt corpse of the driver cov­ered with grasses, while some Mus­lim cler­ics from Abaji and Toto per­formed a fu­neral prayer on the corpse be­fore it was buried at the scene of the ac­ci­dent.

When con­tacted, Abaji unit com­man­der of the Federal Road Safety Com­mis­sion (FRSC), Moses Audu, said he was not aware of the in­ci­dent, say­ing it was not re­ported to the unit com­mand.

In a re­lated de­vel­op­ment, three per­sons were se­ri­ously in­jured in an­other ac­ci­dent which oc­curred on Fri­day evening near RCC junc­tion, on the Kwali-Lokoja high­way.

Yan­goji unit com­man­der of the FRSC, Aus­tine Chuk­wudi Okeke, who con­firmed the ac­ci­dent, said it hap­pened around 6:14pm when a Ford bus with reg­is­tra­tion num­ber GME 367 AE, had a tyre burst on top speed and crashed into a ditch.

He said the two in­jured vic­tims, who sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries were taken to Kwali Gen­eral Hospi­tal for at­ten­tion.

PHOTO ABUBAKAR SADIQ ISAH

Fu­neral prayer be­ing ob­served for the burnt driver at the scene of the crash along Abaji-Toto road on Satur­day.

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