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At least 90 die while scooping fuel as tanker explodes in Rivers State


Not less than 90 people died while scooping fuel from a fallen petrol tanker at Okobe Ahoada West Local Government area of Rivers state.


This incidence happened after the tanker crashed into some vehicles and fell, thereby spilling its content but didn't immediately burst into flames.

The tanker however burst into flames later on, by then, residents were already busy scooping fuel from the devastated tanker.


Rivers State police spokesman Ben Ugwuegbulam explained:

Early this morning a tanker loaded with petrol fell in Okogbe and people trooped to the scene obviously to scoop the spilled fuel and suddenly there was fire resulting in casualties

Police officers, soldiers and emergency workers were dispatched to the scene, where burnt bodies were removed.


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