May 6, 2020

Fuel tanker crashes on Niger Bridge

FRSC boss decries rate of fatal accidents during night trips

An articulated vehicle loaded with petrol otherwise known as Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and heading to Anambra from Delta State crashed and spilled its contents on the Niger Bridge Wednesday.

An eyewitness told journalists in Onitsha, that the accident occurred about 8:30 a.m., when the propeller of the vehicle with registration number NKR41XA, allegedly pulled out from the engine on the bridge.

The eyewitness stated that the development resulted in the loss of control of the vehicle by the driver, and it subsequently hit the bridge to avoid collision with other vehicles.

“He (the driver) was lucky because the tanker is hanging on the protective side rail, which prevented it from tumbling, otherwise, it would have been a different case now,” he said.

The Spokesman of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Anambra, Mr. Pascal Anigbo, who confirmed the incident, however, said no death or injury was reported from the scene.

He said: “About 8.30 a.m. on May 6, 2020, a Mack Truck (Tanker), with the registration number NKR41XA laden with fuel, crashed at the border between Delta and Anambra.

“The two occupants of the vehicle did not sustain any injury.

“The Acting Unit Commander, FRSC Onitsha Unit Command, Mr. Isaac Komolafe, called the Fire Service, which responded immediately to prevent any fire incident.

“Meanwhile, the FRSC officials have cordoned off the area, and are managing traffic.”

He advised motorists to heed the call of the State Sector Commander, Mr. Andrew Kumapayi,  that all vehicles must be in good working condition before embarking on any trip. (NAN)