Another tanker fire averted in Onitsha


Barely one week after the Upper Iweka Onitsha tanker disaster, another accident has been averted in the area through the timely intervention of the Officers and Men of the Fire Service and Security Agencies.
The incident involved a 40, 000 capacity tanker with registration number KA l255 AA coming down from Oghora Delta State when a heavy duty vehicle veered off the road hitting the tanker which led to fuel spillage.
The area had been cordoned off with security personnel controlling both human and vehicular movement while Officers and Men of the fire service were on hand to ensure that the incident did not result to fire outbreak.
Narrating his ordeal the tanker driver Mr. liiasu Ago attributed the incident to break failure.
It would be recalled that three occupants of a long lorry including the driver, where on 2nd April, 2019 have received various degrees of injuries as the lorry skidded off the MCC axis Upper Iweka of the Enugu-Onitsha Express road, Onitsha, Anambra State.
The vehicle fell into the center drainage of the express road emptying its contents on the road.
According to an eye witness, Mr. Okechukwu Nwankwo, the conductor of the long lorry with the registration number Enugu XX 971 ENU, started signaling other vehicles to make way for the vehicle carrying empty crates of beer from Ogbo tomato axis of the express road due to faulty brake failure before it finally crashed at the MCC axis.
Others who spoke anonymously thanked God that no life was lost but appealed to the state government to ban heavy duty vehicles from operating during the day to minimize the number of casualties involved, whenever such incident occurs.
Our correspondent who was at the scene of the incident, reports that the victims, three men and a young lady whose identity have not been ascertained, were rushed to St. Charles Borromew hospital for treatment.

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