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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Rob
Packing heat with our halligan and a Glock by our gloves?
I was a volunteer for almost twenty years. When our members were police officers, they could carry on duty, concealed. I remember one night when I was the operator (driver) and responding to a house fire, three of the four firefighters on the truck were PD. I was handed three sidearms to take care of!…
2014-01-27 22:54:00
bhill
Packing heat with our halligan and a Glock by our gloves?
"lockbox on the truck" Does he carry his weapon in a lock box while on duty as a Deputy? I'm thinkin' not. Am I willing to use deadly force, and then turn around and try to save their life after I shoot them? Ain't happening. "individuals with police/weapons training" - the training teaches shoot to…
2014-01-27 19:33:00
Ken Nelson
Packing heat with our halligan and a Glock by our gloves?
I believe individuals with police/weapons training should carry fire arms. In our station's situation, our assistant chief is also a sheriff's deputy. I have suggested that he have his firearm with him in a lockbox on the truck in case a need arises. In addition some personnel are current military (Reserve, National Guard) who could…
2014-01-27 18:20:00
Marianna Randazzo
We Should Be Hearing All About Mike Behette Today, Rather Than Knowing So Much About the Navy Yard Shooter.
Thank you for this wonderful tribute to my dear friend Mike. I am in the process of writing a biography/anthology of Michael's life. I would be very grateful for your input. Please contact me on FB, Marianna Randazzo or Given Away, A SIiclian Upbringing. Respectfully yours, Marianna
2013-12-07 02:51:00
Fire Daily
WARNING: This video is graphic and depicts a man being rescued from his burning home.
Yes, Becky, I saw that too. As I was told by an ER doc many moons ago, "a patient without an airway is a dead patient." Not all firefighters are EMT's, and some may not have basic first aid skills- instead relying on a concurrent response from an emergency EMS agency. Not sure in this…
2013-11-27 11:27:00

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