69 killed in Nigeria petrol tanker accident


Around 69 people were burnt to death in southeast Nigeria after a petrol tanker lost control, rammed into a busy bus station and burst into flames, the Red Cross and police said on Monday.

“The lorry lost control and ran into a motor park (bus station) near (a) roundabout in Onitsha,” the commercial capital of Anambra state, area police spokesman Uchenna Ezeh said of Sunday’s crash.

A senior Red Cross official in the Nigerian capital Abuja said the agency’s staff responded to the disaster immediately, navigating charred debris in an effort to care for the victims.

The official said staff on the ground in Onitsha had confirmed 69 deaths so far but several others were being treated for severe burns and the toll may rise.

It was not immediately clear what caused the lorry’s driver to lose control but Ezeh said there was no sign of foul play.

Roughly a dozen buses and several motorcycles were also destroyed by the fire, the police spokesman added.


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