Fuel tanker crash kills 23 in Nigeria

At least 23 people have been killed’ after a petrol tanker overturned and caught fire on a busy road in the central Nigerian state of Kogi.

Fuel tanker crash kills 23 in Nigeria

The tanker lost control on Wednesday and collided with five cars, three tricycles and two motorcycles on the Lokoja Abuja Highway.

According to local media, it allegedly fell on one of the five cars in a family, crushing them to death before they erupted into flames.

Federal Road Safety Corporation Kogi State Sector Commander Idris Fika Ali confirmed that 23 people were killed’ and one child was injured’ in the blast.

He added that the occupants of the 10 vehicles involved were’ killed.

"The deaths of 23 people, as confirmed by the Federal Road Safety Commission, represent another disturbing and tragic incident that is lurking in our country," President Muhammad Buhari said in a statement.

"I am deeply saddened by the frequency of these unfortunate and large-scale tragedies in the country, which lead to unwarranted deaths," he added.

Bisi Kazeem, a spokesman for the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), said nine children were involved in the crash, which occurred in front of a petrol station along the highway.

Traffic accidents are common in Nigeria, where roads are illegal and safety standards are poor.


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