Four people including a pregnant woman and three others reportedly died yesterday, while more than 20 sustained various degrees of injuries, when a gasoline-laden tanker fell and exploded along the New Auto Spare Parts Market Flyover, Nkpor, close to Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria.
An eyewitness informed that the accident also wiped out thousands of livestock, tubers of yams and second hand clothing popularly called ‘okrika’.
The eyewitness also disclosed that if not for the timely arrival of fire fighters to the scene of the accident, that the damage would have been more.
According to the witness, the fire fighters prevented the fire from extending to more kiosks housing livestock, yams and clothing materials.
The driver of the burning tanker could not be identified among the crowd that thronged the scene to assist in putting out the fire and rushing the injured victims to a nearby hospital for medical attention.
Men of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, arrived the scene later, while officials of the Anambra State Traffic Agency, ASTA, Police and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp, NSCDC, were on hand trying to divert vehicles from the accident lane to the other lane of the expressway.
The accident resulted in heavy traffic gridlock from Nkpor to Onitsha and Nkpor to Ogidi.
The Director of Operations of the fire service, Ikechukwu Nzegwu, told newsmen that some people had been rushed to hospitals for medical attention.