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Thursday, 31 October 2019

ANOTHER PETROL TANKER FALLS IN ONITSHA, POLICE AVERT FIRE


A dog on Thursday reportedly sniffed out the driver who drove the fuel tanker that fell in Onitsha.

He driver reportedly fled the scene of the accident and hid in a culvert.

A resident who spoke with our correspondent in Onitsha said the driver went into hiding after the accident but was sniffed out of his hiding place by a dog.


“The driver ran away after the incident; he was nowhere to be found. But after a while, a dog started barking near a culvert close to the scene of the accident.

“The noise attracted many people and after a search, a man who acknowledged that he was the driver of the truck was found and brought out. The police later came and took him away,” the source stated.



The Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed that the driver had been identified and arrested.

He said, “The driver of the tanker has been arrested by Awada division. NUPENG is on the ground and making efforts to transload the product.”

He said the tanker crashed into a gutter due to brake failure.

“The tanker was coming from Benin and travelling to Enugu,” Mohammed said.


 
This would be the third time that a tanker would be falling in the commercial city in two weeks.

The first two accidents claimed no fewer than five lives, including a woman and her 10 month- old child.

No fewer than 22 vehicles and about 500 shops were reportedly destroyed in the two incidents.


The Thursday incident, it was gathered occurred around 1:00 p.m. on the Onitsha/Enugu Expressway.


An eyewitness told our correspondent that the content of the tanker was spilling out after it fell, causing residents to scamper for safety.

The incident caused gridlock in the area for close to three hours.

The Anambra State Police Command in a statement directed commuters to use other routes.

The statement said, “A tanker loaded with PMS just fell into a ditch along Onitsha/Enugu Expressway by Chipex Filling station.


“The PMS is spilling out as of the time of making this report. It is highly advisable you alert residents in the area to stay clear from the premises in order to prevent any disaster.

“Police patrol teams have cordoned off the area and fire service department has equally been contacted to be on standby in order to prevent fire incident.”

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