Two dead in Delta gas tanker explosion

Two people were killed when a liquefied petroleum gas laden tanker exploded at Ohoror community in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.

A total of four trucks were burnt down in the fire accident.

The incident occurred at about 2:25am on Thursday January 27, at the popular Ohoro Junction, along Warri-Portharcout Expressway.

Properties including vehicles and over 20 residential buildings worth hundreds of millions of naira were razed down,

It was gathered that the ugly incident happened when a truck carrying granite rammed into a stationary truck said to be carrying diesel.

“The incident happened around 2 am last night when a trailer derailed and collided with one of the fuel tankers parked by the side of the East-West road,” a witness said.

“The diesel-laden tanker exploded and went into flames, which spread fire to other petrol and gas-laden tankers and burnt down over residential buildings in the community.”

Briefing the governor earlier, the state’s Director of Fire Services, Mr Eugene Oziwele, said that his men were alerted at dawn and he quickly mobilized to the community.

He added that fire-fighting trucks were mobolised from Ughelli to ensure that the fire was extinguished completely.

Also briefing the governor, President-General of Uwheru Kingdom, Chief Macpherson Igbedi, said that no fewer than 20 houses were gutted by the fire and appealed for more efforts in evacuating an abandoned tanker laden with gas from exploding.

He said two trucks conveying gas and diesel rammed into each other at the Ohoror junction before the explosion occurred.

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