A tragic incident unfolded at Koko junction along the Warri – Benin Highway in the Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State, with reports indicating that no less than 20 lives were lost due to a tanker explosion on a Sunday morning.
This unfortunate event was triggered by a spark from a malfunctioning vehicle, while individuals were engaged in the hazardous act of collecting spilled fuel from the overturned tanker. Among the casualties were a pregnant woman, children, and elderly individuals.
An anonymous eyewitness revealed that the tanker toppled and discharged its contents onto the road, despite warnings from both drivers and security personnel who had arrived on the scene after learning of the accident.
“We tried to prevent them but the youths threatened to beat us up telling us it’s their community. They came in their numbers carrying all sorts of containers and when the explosion happened around 12:15 am this morning we all fled.
“You can see dead bodies on the ground, some of them ran into the forest as I speak some dead bodies have been removed, I counted over 20 bodies” the eye witness who called his name Yusuf said.
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