Three Killed As Petrol Tanker Explodes In Kogi

Scene of the explosion of the petrol tanker in Felele, Lokoja, Kogi State capital. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Three people were killed on Monday morning following a petrol tanker explosion in the Felele area, Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

An eyewitness told Channels Television that the accident occurred after the brake of the trailer failed and the driver lost control. The tanker then rammed into a motorcycle resulting in multiple accidents and eventual explosion of the fuel-laden tanker.

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A passenger bus and motorcycle were also involved in the accident.

The tricycle rider was burnt beyond recognition in the inferno.

The Federal Fire Service sent to cover the Kogi election later came to the scene to put out the fire.

Those who sustained injuries from the accident were later rushed to the hospital.

See photos from the accident below…

 

Tanker Explosion: One Killed, 19 Vehicles Burnt In Niger State

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One person has been killed and 10 others injured in a tanker explosion that occurred in Suleja Local Government Area of Niger State.

The State Emergency Management Agency who confirmed the incident said the explosion occurred around 10 pm at Dilko Junction, along the Abuja expressway.

According to SEMA, men of the state and federal fire service were deployed to the area to contain the fire but were not unable to until about 4:30 am.

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Nineteen vehicles were also destroyed in the inferno.

However, those who sustained injuries were immediately taken to the Umar Musa Hospital, Sabon Wuse.

71 Victims Of Tanzania Tanker Explosion Laid To Rest

Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli talks to medical staff and victims of the Morogoro petrol tanker explosion, at the Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, on August 11, 2019. 
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Tanzania on Sunday laid to rest most of the 71 people who died while trying to collect leaking petrol from an overturned fuel tanker that exploded.

The deadly blast, which took place Saturday near the town of Morogoro, west of the economic capital Dar es Salaam, is the latest in a series of similar disasters in Africa.

President John Magufuli declared a period of mourning through Monday. He was represented at funerals by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa.

Majaliwa spoke at a ceremony in Kola, less than 20 minutes from where the disaster occurred some 200 kilometres (125 miles) west of Dar es Salaam.

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He gave a new death toll of 71, along with 59 injured.

White coffins were lowered into graves by members of the security forces, after which Islamic or Christian clerics said brief prayers and tossed handfuls of earth on them.

A Pentecostal pastor named Mechak said in a service broadcast on television that “this should serve as a lesson to us. When there is an accident like this we should steer clear and let rescue workers do their job.”

DNA tests will be carried out on bodies that were burnt beyond recognition, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Jenista Mhagama said, adding that families could take the remains of their loved ones and organise their own burials if they preferred.

A woman who had accompanied her neighbour to retrieve the body of a victim at the hospital said: “When I saw the injured my whole body trembled. They had been burnt like pieces of meat.”

 ‘No one wanted to listen’ 

Witnesses said the truck tipped over as it tried to avoid a motorcycle, and locals quickly converged on the scene to collect fuel.

The explosion was triggered when a man tried to retrieve the truck’s battery, creating sparks that ignited the fuel, according to the region’s governor.

Footage from the scene showed the truck engulfed in smoke and flames, with charred bodies and the burnt-out remains of motorcycle taxis scattered on the ground among scorched trees.

A video posted on social media taken before the explosion showed dozens of people carrying yellow jerricans around the truck.

“We arrived at the scene with two neighbours just after the truck was overturned. While some good Samaritans were trying to get the driver and the other two people out of the truck, others were jostling each other, equipped with jerricans, to collect petrol,” teacher January Michael told AFP.

“At the same time, someone was trying to pull the battery out of the vehicle. We warned that the truck could explode at any moment but no one wanted to listen, so we went on our way, but we had barely turned on our heels when we heard the explosion.”

‘May God heal you’ 

President Magufuli on Sunday visited some of those injured in the blast at a hospital in Dar es Salaam.

“May God heal you,” he said to the 43 patients, some in very serious condition.

Majaliwa said Sunday that a special commission would investigate whether mismanagement had contributed to the disaster.

“While our now-dead compatriots were gathering to syphon fuel, did anyone try to stop them?” Majaliwa asked.

Magufuli has called for people to stop stealing fuel in such a way, a common event across Africa, saying he was “very shocked” by the dangerous practice.

Last month, 45 people were killed and more than 100 injured in central Nigeria when a petrol tanker crashed and then exploded as people tried to take the fuel.

In May, a similar incident occurred in Niger near the airport of the capital Niamey, leaving almost 80 people dead.

Among the deadliest such disasters, 292 people lost their lives in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in July 2010, and in September 2015 at least 203 people died the South Sudan town of Maridi.

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Death Toll Rises To 75 In Tanzania Fuel Tanker Explosion

 

The death toll from a fuel truck explosion in Tanzania rose to 75 on Monday as four more people succumbed to their injuries, a hospital official said. 

“We deplore four new deaths. Their bodies are currently resting at the morgue while we wait for relatives to identify them,” said Aminiel Aligaesha, spokesman for the National Hospital in the economic capital, Dar es Salaam.

Funeral services which began Sunday were expected to continue Monday as the country concluded a period of national mourning declared by President John Magufuli.

The explosion took place Saturday morning near the town of Morogoro, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) west of Dar es Salaam.

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The dead were trying to collect leaking petrol from the overturned tanker.

Witnesses said the truck tipped over as it tried to avoid a motorcycle, and locals quickly converged on the scene to collect fuel.

The explosion was triggered when a man tried to retrieve the truck’s battery, creating sparks that ignited the fuel, officials said.

It was the latest in a string of such disasters in Africa and at least the third this year.

Last month, 45 people were killed and more than 100 injured in central Nigeria when a petrol tanker crashed and then exploded as people tried to take the fuel. In May, a similar incident in Niger killed nearly 80 people.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said Sunday that of 59 people injured in the Tanzania explosion, 43 had been transferred to the National Hospital in Dar es Salaam while the rest were receiving treatment in Morogoro.

Aligaesha said Monday that the remaining 39 patients at the National Hospital were “doing better” and that medical staff were “striving to provide them with the best possible care”.

Morogoro Governor Stephen Kebwe said the 16 patients there were also improving.

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Deadliest Oil Tanker Blasts In Africa

A Tanzanian security officer controls the area where the carcass of a burnt-out fuel tanker is seen along the side of the road following an explosion on August 10, 2019, in Morogoro, 200 kilometres (120 miles) west of the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam. STRINGER / AFP

 

Here is a recap of the most deadly tanker blasts in Africa in the last decade, after dozens of people died in Tanzania on Saturday when a fuel tanker exploded after overturning.

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Accidents involving petrol tankers have proved extremely deadly as locals often flock to the scene of accidents to scoop up spilt fuel.

May 6, 2019, Niger:

At least 76 people die in an explosion near the airport of the capital Niamey. Most of the victims were trying to collect fuel flowing from the overturned truck when the blast occurred.

October 6, 2018, Democratic Republic of Congo:

At least 53 people are killed when an oil tanker collides with another vehicle and catches fire on a highway west of the capital Kinshasa.

November 17, 2016, Mozambique:

At least 93 people are killed when an oil tanker carrying petrol explodes in the west of the country. Hundreds were trying to siphon off the fuel at the time.

September 16, 2015, South Sudan:

At least 203 people are killed and 150 injured as people try to recover fuel from an oil tanker following a road accident west of the capital Juba.

May 31, 2015, Nigeria:

At least 69 people burn to death in the southeast of the country after a petrol tanker loses control, rams into a busy bus station and bursts into flames.

July 12, 2012, Nigeria:

At least 104 people are killed as they try to recover fuel from a petrol tanker following an accident in the southern River State.

July 2, 2010, DR Congo:

At least 292 people are killed in a petrol tanker blast in the eastern village of Sange. Some victims were trying to recover fuel after the accident; others were watching a World Cup football match nearby.

October 9, 2009, Nigeria:

At least 70 people are killed in the southeastern Anambra state after a petrol tanker explodes and the flames engulf several other vehicles.

January 31, 2009, Kenya:

Flames engulf a crowd scooping fuel when a tanker overturns near Molo, northwest of the capital Nairobi, killing some 122 people.

 

One Dead, Vehicles Burnt In Gombe Diesel Tanker Explosion

Firefighters assisted by volunteers putting out the tanker fire on Wednesday in Gombe State.

 

One person was killed on Wednesday after a tanker fully loaded with diesel exploded in Gombe State.

The accident occurred around 10:30 am in Tunfure, along Gombe Bauchi express road after a vehicle crashed into the tanker, killing a motorcyclist in the process.

A survivor of the incident, Pamela Manza explained that some people tried to rescue the motorcyclist, but the effort was futile because of the severity of the fire.

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A motorist, Usman Ibrahim said the accident was caused by a vehicle parked on the road illegally. According to Ibrahim, the vehicle has been parked at a particular spot for over three months.

Meanwhile, officials of fire service and other security agencies were seen at the scene of the incident battling the inferno, while also controlling human and vehicular traffic.

Gombe State has witnessed two similar incidences in May this year, where about 18 people died.

At Least 30 Feared Killed In Benue Petrol Tanker Accident

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At least 30 people are feared dead while many others are said to have sustained various degrees of burns after a petrol-laden tanker exploded in Benue State.

The explosion occurred on Monday at Ahumbe Village in Gwer East Local Government Area of the state after the tanker fell along the Aliade–Makurdi highway.

According to eye-witnesses, the accident also affected some houses and residents around the area.

One of the men from the fire service was also reported to have been seriously burnt while attempting to put out the inferno.

While those who sustained injuries were rushed to the hospital for treatment, corpses have now been moved to the mortuary.

Meanwhile, men of the Federal Road Safety Corps and the Police were, however, deployed to clear the heavy traffic, while the bodies were moved to the mortuary and the wounded taken for treatment.

Niger Mourns After Tanker Explosion Kills 60

Residents look at a calcined tanker truck after an explosion which killed more than 55 people near the airport of Niamey on May 6, 2019. Boureima HAMA / AFP

 

 

Niger will from Wednesday observe three days of mourning for 60 people who were killed in a tanker truck explosion near the international airport in the capital Niamey, the government said.

The days will pay tribute “to the memory of the victims of the tragic accident” that occurred early Monday as crowds had gathered around the overturned truck to collect spilled fuel, according to an interior ministry statement read out on state television late Tuesday.

Earlier, security official, Hamani Adamou Abdoul-Aziz told state television the toll from the explosion would likely rise because several people sustained severe, life-threatening burns.

Interior Minister Mohamed Bazoum said people on foot and motorcycle had rushed to the truck to take fuel when the blast occurred. According to witnesses, one biker failed to switch off his engine, causing a spark that ignited the 50,000 liters of fuel.

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The driver of the tanker truck has told investigators that an electrical failure caused him to lose control of the vehicle and its brakes.

The truck overturned as he tried to bring it to a stop, senior police official Boubacar Rabiou Daddy told a TV station.

Before the blast, people ignored police trying to keep them away, and threw stones at firefighters, he added.

The massive explosion on the RN1 route near the international airport left the burnt truck’s wreckage, motorbikes, and debris scattered over the road.

Nearby houses were damaged by fire.

About 40 people were reported injured, most of them in a very serious condition in hospital with severe burns.

AFP

Death Toll In Gombe Petrol Tanker Explosion Rises To 16

Death Toll In Gombe Petrol Tanker Explosion Rises To 16

 

The number of those killed in a petrol tanker explosion in Gombe State has risen to 16.

The Assistant Director of Nurses at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe, Musa Gyade, confirmed this to Channels Television on Sunday.

Eleven people were initially confirmed dead with several others injured on Saturday after the tanker exploded along the Gombe-Biu bypass.

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The tanker, said to be laden with petrol, was said to have had a brake failure and rammed into a truck loaded with bottled water, crushing two motorcycles and two tricycles in the process.

Giving an update on the incident, Gyade disclosed that 20 other victims sustained various degrees of burns.

He, however, said they were already receiving medical attention at both the Federal Teaching Hospital and the State Specialist Hospital in Gombe.

The assistant director explained that 23 people were brought to the hospital, out of which three of them died while being treated and two more deaths were later recorded.

Elsewhere, the Medical Director of the State Specialist Hospital, Dr Shu’aibu Mu’azu, told Channels Television that 11 bodies were brought to the hospital.

He added that four of them were recognised and handed over to their relatives, but no one has come to claim the remaining seven bodies as they were burnt beyond recognition.

Three Injured, Motorcycles Burnt As Tanker Explodes In Ekiti

 

Tragedy struck on Thursday in Ido-Osi Local Government area of Ekiti State after a fuel-laden tanker exploded.

Following the explosion, no fewer than three persons were injured, and some motorcycles burnt in a tanker.

Channels Television learnt that the accident happened along Ido-Ifaki highway as a result of brake failure.

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The fuel tanker reportedly lost control spilling part of its content before going ablaze.

Officials of the state fire service brought the situation under control following their quick intervention.

Meanwhile, the injured victims have been conveyed to the Federal Teaching Hospital in Ido Ekiti where they are receiving treatment.

Many Feared Dead As Tanker Explodes In Cross River

 

There are fears that many people have lost their lives after a petroleum tanker burst into flames at the Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River state.

Channels Television gathered that some of the residents were scooping fuel from a fallen petroleum tanker when the explosion occurred.

The tanker laden with PMS was reportedly heading outside the state capital when it suddenly lost balance towards the Federal Housing Estate along the Odukpani axis of the highway and fell off.

Dozens were said to have rushed down to scoop the spilled product which later resulted in an explosion leaving many burnt beyond recognition.

Majority of the victims are said to have sustained third-degree injuries and are currently at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital.

As of the time of filing this report, the number of casualties recorded could not be ascertained.

Attempts are being made to reach relevant authorities to get a clearer insight into the unfortunate incident.

Below are some more photos from the scene, some pictures have been purposely left out because of their graphic nature.

More details later.

Petrol Tanker Explodes At Filling Station Near Lagos Airport

 

A petrol tanker has exploded at Forte Oil filling station located very close to the local airport in Lagos State.

Sources from the airport confirmed this to Channels Television on Friday shortly after the incident occurred.

The explosion which occurred when the tanker was discharging its contents has resulted in a massive blaze at the facility.

Channels Television aviation correspondent said officials of the fire services have moved in to contain the inferno.

However, it is yet to be ascertained if there are casualties as a result of the incident.

The airport itself, just across the road, has not been affected by the fire.

The incident has caused a gridlock in the Ikeja axis of the state.

See photos from the filling station below;