20 roasted to death in tanker explosion

No fewer than 10 people have been killed after a tanker burst into flames after crashing into a trailer in Zing town, in the Zing Local Government Area of Taraba State.

About 20 others were said to have sustained various degrees of injuries in the accident that occurred on Wednesday.

A resident, Mr. Nyanshako Ishaya, who witnessed the accident, told newsmen that the tanker, which was loaded with Premium Motor Spirit (petrol), was heading for Yola, Adamawa State, when it crashed into the trailer.

He said, “The tanker driver was at top speed when he lost control. The tanker’s brakes must have failed. It rammed into a moving trailer and immediately burst into flames.

“I saw a man riding on a motorcycle ahead of the tanker telling people to leave the road because the tanker had lost its brakes.

“I saw a pregnant woman and three others burning in the fire; I could not help them because the fire was too much; I had to run for dear life.”

The police in Taraba on Thursday, however, said 10 people died in the crash.

According to the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP David Missal, 20 others, who sustained various degrees of injury, were receiving treatment at the General Hospital, Zing, and the Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo.

“We recovered eight dead bodies after the accident, but later in the evening, we discovered a burnt corpse inside one of the vehicles. This morning (Thursday), one of the injured persons died on his way to the Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo.

“So, altogether we have recorded 10 deaths from the accident. I can also confirm to you that many houses and shops were burnt because the accident happened in a densely populated area; more so, it was on a market day,” he said.

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