Panic As 2 Die In Petrol Tanker Accident In Ilorin

A fatal accident involving an NNPC petrol tanker has claimed the lives of two persons in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

The accident which made the petrol tanker to fall on its side with more than half of its 33,000 litres content caused panics as people in the neighbourhood took to their heels including house owners within the vicinity.

Eye witnesses who spoke to Newsreel Daily said it was strange that rather than the old practice running to scoop for fuel, residents and passers bye took to their heels for fear of the truck bursting into flames.

Source also said that the truck driver was trying to avoid knocking down a reckless motor cyclist who carried a passenger and in the process lost control making it to fall on its side.

The source added that the manner the content of the fuel tanker gushed out made the people to run while those who were brave enough to wait only watched helplessly.

It was also gathered that two of the four occupants in the NNPC petrol tanker died on the spot while the motorcyclist survived and still at large at the time of filing this report.

The saving grace, according to sources was that some of those who waited rushed to disconnect wires from the truck battery which saved it from an explosion

The development, which caused panic and apprehension among residents of the area, also resulted in gridlock of along the road, as many people were seen trekking to their different destinations

The men of the fire service, the Kwara Road Maintenance Agency (KWARTMA), the road safety corps, and the police were seen at the scene of the accident to forestall any break down of law and order

Efforts to evacuate the tanker and the occupants trapped in it were still ongoing as at the time of filing this report.