Tanker Explosion Kills 95 people, Several Injured in Rivers state
The Federal Road Safety Commission said on Thursday it had recovered 80 bodies from the area where a tanker burst into flames at Okobie, Rivers State as people scooped gasoline from a crashed gas tanker.
FRSC Sector Commander for Rivers State, Dr. Kayode Olagunju, in stated in an update that casualty figures on the Okobe tanker accident on Ahoada – Mbiama on the East-West road in Rivers state as at 13:00 hrs had reached 95.
According to Mr. Olagunju 93 persons died on the spot (burnt), 2 died in the hospital, making 95 deaths, while 18 persons were injured.
He also reported that four vehicles, (1 tanker, 1 Toyota corolla saloon, 1 hummer bus and 1 Mitshibushi bus) and 34 motorcycles were burnt.
The casualties recorded was as a result of people scooping fuel from the crashed tanker which exploded and killed almost all the people on the scene.