Dozens feared dead in tanker explosion
LAGOS: An overturned oil tanker exploded in Nigeria while people were scooping up the leaking fuel, police and witnesses said yesterday.
We have recovered 12 corpses so far and taken 22 people with serious burns to hospital,” police spokeswoman Irene Ugbo.
She said the blast happened on Friday evening in Odukpani in Cross River state in the south-east.
Some residents put the death toll closer to 60.
“The police only recovered a few corpses, many of the other dead were burnt to ashes,” witness Richard Johnson said.
Hundreds of people have died in similar accidents in recent years in Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer, as impoverished people risk their lives to collect fuel leaking from pipelines or trucks. |