by Isi Esene
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) says it has so far recovered 95 burnt bodies from the Okobe tanker crash scene in Ahoada West LGA of Rivers State.
The fuel tanker fell this Thursday morning on the Ahoda-Mbiama Road on the East-West Road. The villagers who tried to take advantage of the situation by scooping fuel off it were all burnt when the tanker burst into flames.
Kayode Olagunju, the Rivers State FRSC sector commander said that 93 of the victims died on the spot while two died on the way to hospital. Eighteen others were seriously injured.
In a first information report on the incident, Mr. Olagunju said the incident occurred at about 6.30 a.m. after a tanker laden with petrol crashed into three other vehicles – a Toyota Corolla, a Hummer bus, and a Mitsubishi bus.
The four vehicles and 34 motorcycles were burnt.
According to Premium Times, Olagunju said, “The fire is still raging hence the exact number of victims not yet ascertained”.
About 20 injured persons were immediately taken to hospitals as the FRSC, the police, fire service and personnel of the Joint Task Force raced to the scene for rescue operation.