Petrol Tanker Explodes In Flames To Wreck Havoc In Onitsha

Onitsha
Tanker explosion. File Photo

The explosion of a fuel-laden tanker resulted in an inferno that caused pandemonium on Friday at the Upper Iweka area of Onitsha, Anambra State.

The explosion happened at the Ezeiweka Junction, Awada, near Obodoukwu Road, Onitsha, Anambra State.

It was learned that the tanker broke down at the bad portion of the busy Ezeiweka Junction, Upper Iweka Onitsha-Owerri Road axis; very close to Obodoikwu Road and directly to Owerri Park and the Relief Market Onitsha.

Vanguard News reported that many shops and buildings around the area were burnt, as the fire which started at 9.30 am had caused a long traffic jam in and out of Onitsha.

Men of Anambra and Delta fire services were at the scene, battling to quench the fire.

But they ran out of water and left to get more, while the fire continued to rage.

Traders were seen running helter-skelter to evacuate their goods from their shops yet to be affected by the gradually spreading fire, while others were seen trying to salvage some of their affected goods.

The falling of the tanker was attributed to a big pothole which developed around July 2021 and has been causing accidents.

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