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Catastrophe! 60 Persons Killed In Petrol Tanker Explosion In Calabar

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No less than 60 people were dreaded dead yesterday when a tanker stacked with Petroleum item fell and detonated along Odukpani LGA hub of the Ikom-calabar Highway close to the Federal Housing bequest, Calabar, Cross River. The exploited people were scooping fuel from the tanker when it went up on fire.

An onlooker, Mr Slyvester Ilem who described how the catastrophe happened said; “I saw individuals hurrying to the scene with gallons and different holders to scoop fuel after the tanker veered off the street into a dump by the roadside.

“Cops from Odukpani Division likewise attempted to cordon-off the zone however the general population can’t and kept on scooping fuel. The rest is presently history as the tanker burst into flares and overwhelmed every one of the general population close and inside the span that the item had spread to.

“Give me a chance to be humble, the general population scooping that fuel won’t be under 60 to 70 individuals since it resembled a commercial center,” he said.

Whenever reached, Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Ugbo affirmed the occurrence including that they had before cautioned the exploited people who exploited the illicit demonstration yet they were all dead at this point.

“Our men from Odukpani Division went there to cordon-off the region however the general population cannot and kept scooping fuel and before we knew it, the place was at that point on fire. Presently, we can’t affirm the quantity of perished people in light of the fact that the fire is still overwhelming. It is just when the fire dies down that we can represent the people in question, and give examination of what occurred there,” she said.

She anyway mourned with the families who lost their friends and family in the disaster.

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