Petrol tanker explodes, kills over 100

MORE than 100 people who went to scoop up fuel after a Nigerian petrol tanker tipped over on Thursday were burned to death when the vehicle and pools of spilled oil caught fire.

Children were among those killed, while dozens more were badly burned, despite a warning from troops who arrived at the crash site that a blaze could ignite at any moment.

More than 85 of the victims have been buried at the scene as their bodies, burned beyond recognition, could not be moved.

The tanker, driving in the southern Rivers state, swerved trying to avoid a collision with three oncoming vehicles including a bus, said Kayode Olagunju, head of the Federal Road Safety Commission in the state.

Shortly after the collision hundreds of locals in the Ahoada area flocked to the scene to collect the spilling fuel.


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