2 killed, 8 injured, several vehicles and houses burnt as fuel tanker fell and caught fire.
A fully laden petrol tanker, a Mack truck with registration number XS 942 KJA fell, spilled content and burst into flames on the road at Mbiama junction, Ahoada bypass in Rivers State at about 08:15 hrs On 11/01/13.
A man and a woman were killed, while eight other persons were injured. The police, Firemen, FRSC and other security operatives were involved in the rescue.
The dead bodies were collected by their relations for burial while the injured were taken to Okolobiri General Hospital in Bayelsa.
There was no scooping of fuel, but the incident happened at the lively point where people were carrying out their businesses hence the high casualty figures.
Also destroyed in the explosion were scores of makeshift shops used by roadside hawkers, a mini-park used by the members of the National Road and Transport Workers Union (NRTWU), some houses and cars parked within the vicinity of the crash.
Vehicular movement was stopped for hours and the late arrival of the men of the Bayelsa State Fire Service to the scene provoked onlookers and those that suffered various degrees of losses to stone the fire fighters and their vehicles.The Head of operation, Federal Road Safety Corps in Ahoada Unit of Rivers State, Mr. Alagoa Oja attributed the crash and explosion of the Fuel Tanker to impatience: "The tanker was coming from the Warri axis. Naturally, this is a junction, and there is bound to be traffic as always. But he [the driver] wasn't patient enough, so he tried to dodge a smaller car and lost control. All he should have done was queue behind the other vehicles."
He said the driver and the conductor of the tanker ran away when the accident happened, while people in the neigbourhood scampered for safety.