Tanker explosion in Lokoja claims over 30 lives including school children.

A tanker accident, which resulted in fire, has killed many people in Lokoja, Kogi State after a break failure.

Among those burnt to death are school children, traders and pedestrians along Lokoja-Abuja Road.

The casualty figure was reported to be over 30 as the fire spread widely. Eye witnesses said over 50 people around the scene of accidents including residents died in the inferno. FRSC Sector Commander, Mr. Peter said they pulled 23 dead bodies from the fire.

It was gathered that the driver of the tanker conveying petrol lost control as the truck rammed into a tricycle and oncoming vehicles before going up in flames.

Many people were feared killed this morning in an accident that happened at Felele on the ever busy Lokoja – Abuja highway. Sources said the accident which occurred in the early hours of this morning involved a tanker and some 8 other vehicles.

The fuel tanker was said to have rammed to a parked vehicle and sparked flames. The accident happened when people were rushing out for their daily schedules and unfortunately killed some of them. Students were said to constitute most of the victims.

Personnel of Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC and other law enforcement agencies immediately embarked on rescue operations at the scene.

The Felele end of the highway is notorious for such disasters. Tankers and trailers regularly bully other road users resulting in accidents on the road.


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