35 killed in gas tanker explosion
Published : Tuesday, 11 September, 2018 at 10:20 AM Count : 570
As many as 35 people were killed and hundreds injured in a gas tanker explosion in Nigeria's northern state Nasarawa on Monday.
The accident took place at a petrol station along the Lafia-Makurdi road linking the capital city of Abuja, quoting the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), reports Reuters.
An official of SEMA said the truck exploded at the point of discharging the gas, citing a witness account. The agency was investigating the incident, he said.
“We have confirmed 35 dead and over a hundred injured. Most of those that died rushed to the accident spot to see what was happening,” Ahmed told Reuters.
Traffic accidents are common in Nigeria, where roads are bad and safety standards poor.
At least nine people were killed in Nigeria’s commercial capital of Lagos in June when a petrol tanker caught fire and burned 53 other vehicles.