BREAKING NEWS! Fuel Tanker Explodes And Kills 17 People

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An explosion killed at least 17 people on Friday in Nigeria’s southwestern Ogun state, after a vehicle collided with a fuel tanker on a busy highway, emergency services said.

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Crashes involving fuel tankers are frequent in Nigeria where roads can be poorly maintained and residents try to siphon off oil or petrol after such accidents.

 

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“There was a clash between a vehicle and a fuel tanker and it caused an explosion,” Saheed Akiode, local coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency told AFP.

 

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“We have 17 people now that have lost their lives,” said Akiode, adding the death toll could rise, and that an unspecified number were taken to hospital.

 

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The incident happened, he said, on the Ishara Bridge along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, a major route into the country’s biggest city.

 

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Fire services and other agencies were on the ground to restore normal traffic, Akiode said.

 

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Last June, five people died and 13 others were injured in Lagos when a tanker exploded because of a gas leakage.

 

In April, 12 people were killed and dozens of houses burnt when a fuel tanker overturned, spilled its contents and caught fire in central Nigeria’s Benue state.

 

Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer, imports most of the fuel it consumes and is currently experiencing a shortage, causing long queues at petrol stations.

 

The state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has blamed imports of adulterated petrol.

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