July 12, 2024

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“Reckless Driving Caused River Tanker Explosion” Says NEMA

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The National Emergency Management Agency has confirmed that the fire incident that raged in the Eleme area of Rivers State on Friday night was caused by a reckless truck driver.

The fire that occurred between the Indorama Petro-Chemical Company Gate and the Aleto Bridge on the ever-busy Eleme section of the East-West Road burnt motorists and commuters beyond recognition and destroyed over 120 vehicles on Friday night.

In a statement posted on its official Facebook page on Sunday, NEMA stated that the fire was caused by a collision between a truck and the tanker vehicle.

The statement partly read, “The incident occurred as a result of reckless driving by a truck vehicle driver, which led to a collision with a tanker vehicle loaded with Premium Motor Spirit.

“The collision was said to have caused the PMS to spill on the road, which led to the fire outbreak.”

The statement added that the total number of casualties could not be confirmed because many of the affected persons scampered for their lives, but the NEMA team counted four corpses, including that of a pregnant woman.

It added, “NEMA South South team, in collaboration with the Rivers State Emergency Management Agency, Ministry of Transport, Police, NSCDC, FRSC, Fire Service, etc., carried out a joint assessment of the PMS tanker fire, which occurred at about 8p.m. on April 26, 2024.

“The FRSC bagged and evacuated the four corpses to a military hospital.

“The inferno was rapidly put out by Indorama fire service men, who also deployed one of their earth-moving equipment to assist in removing other burnt vehicles, obstructing the free flow of traffic on the highway.”

Credit: Facebook| NEMA Nigeria

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