Tanker truck ex­plodes; 69 die

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

A run­away oil tanker truck ex­ploded in a crowded bus sta­tion in the south of the coun­try, set­ting ablaze 12 buses car­ry­ing pas­sen­gers and killing 69 peo­ple, Nige­ria’s Red Cross and po­lice said.

Red Cross Chair­man Peter Emeka Kathy said about 30 other vic­tims were hos­pi­tal­ized with se­vere burns in the in­ci­dent Sun­day night.

He said the truck was bar­rel­ing down the hill when the brakes failed and it plowed into the bus sta­tion at Onit­sha be­fore ex­plod­ing.

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