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Tragic Sunday: Driver dies as petrol tanker falls on car in Abia

Disaster occured in Abia State on Sunday when a tanker laden with 40,000 litres of petrol lost control and fell on a Mercedes Benz car.

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Before help could come for the trapped driver of the car, he had died.

The truck marked XKN 222 SA with the Nigerian National Pe­troleum Corporation (NNPC) inscription on it was coming from Aba end of the busy Owerri-Aba Highway when the accident occurred at Owerinta, in front of the Nigeria Navy School of Finance and Logistics.

But for the prompt intervention of the school’s Commandant, Capt Abdulahi Aminu and his men, the tanker would have gone up in flames.

The officers mobilised and sprayed water on the tanker to prevent it from exploding after it blocked both ends of the highway.

Capt. Aminu said he personally led the res­cue mission but regret­ted that the driver of the Mercedes car could not make it before the tanker was lifted from his car.

He however, said the damage would have been more if the tanker had caught fire, a devel­opment he attributed to the timely intervention of his men and the professional way the rescue effort was handled.

He described the ugly incident as very unfor­tunate, adding that the body of the victim had been deposited at the mortuary.

The Naval boss said his men had also evacuated people around the scene of the accident to save their lives and mi­nimise possible damage.

He said, “It was a huge tragedy and immediate­ly I heard about the inci­dent, I told my people to do everything possible to ensure the safety of lives and property of the people living around the area including our base.


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