Tanker Loaded With Petrol Crashes at Niger Bridge, Spills Contents


By Chris Udochukwu

Awka – The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Anambra State, has said that a fully-loaded petrol tanker heading to Anambra State from Delta State on Wednesday crashed and spilled its contents on the Niger Bridge.

Confirming the accident, spokesman of the Corps in the State, Mr Pascal Anigbo, however, said no death or injury was reported from the scene.

An eyewitness told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Onitsha that the accident occurred about 8.30 a.m. when the propeller of the vehicle with registration number NKR 41 XA, allegedly pulled out from the engine on the bridge.

The source stated that the development resulted in the loss of control of the vehicle by the driver and it subsequently hit the bridge to avoid collision with other vehicles.

“He was lucky because the tanker was hanging on the protective side rail, which prevented it from tumbling, otherwise, it would have been a different case now,” the source said.

Confirming the accident, spokesman of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Anambra State, Mr Pascal Anigbo, however, said no death or injury was reported from the scene.

“About 8.30 a.m. on May 6, 2020, a Mack Truck (Tanker) with the registration number NKR 41 XA laden with fuel crashed at the border between Delta and Anambra states.

“The two occupants of the vehicle did not sustain any injury.

“The Acting Unit Commander, FRSC Onitsha Unit Command, Mr Isaac Komolafe, called the Fire Service which responded immediately to prevent any fire incident.

“Meanwhile, the FRSC officials have cordoned off the area and are managing traffic,” Anigbo said.

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