Nigerian Fuel Tanker Accident Kills 70

A NewsAfricaOnline.com post reports that Nigerian officials say a fuel truck spill last Friday ignited into a massive blaze killing 70 people, including many bus passengers.

Authorities say the petroleum truck was passing a section of the highway with deep potholes when it served and overturned, spilling its contents onto the roadway.

Witnesses say the spilled fuel exploded into a raging fire that engulfed the vehicles, including the truck and at least five buses.

Nigeriaís This Day newspaper on Saturday quoted witnesses who said bystanders stood helplessly as people trapped inside the burning vehicles screamed for help.

Die ongeluk gebeur het in die suide van Anambra staat op die Onitsha-Enugu snelweg in die ÝżÓ raad gebied. Duisende mense sterf jaarliks in NigeriŽ van ongelukke as gevolg van vreeslike ry, swak onderhou paaie, en die gebrek aan toegang tot die pre-hospitaalsorg. (for our Afrikaans-speaking friends)

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