An overturned oil tanker exploded in Nigeria whilst dozens of folks had been scooping up the leaking gasoline, killing no less than 12 folks, police and witnesses mentioned, with locals striking the quantity time and again upper.
Hundreds of folks have died in equivalent injuries in fresh years in Nigeria, Africa’s greatest oil manufacturer, as impoverished folks possibility their lives to assemble gasoline leaking from pipelines or vehicles.
“We have recovered 12 corpses and taken 22 persons with serious burns to hospital,” police spokeswoman Irene Ugbo advised The Associated Press on Saturday.
She mentioned the blast passed off Friday night in Odukpani in Cross River state in the southeast.
But some citizens put the dying toll nearer to 60.
“The police only recovered a few corpses, many of the other dead were burnt to ashes,” witness Richard Johnson advised the AP information company.
He mentioned about 60 folks had been inside of a pit scooping gasoline when the explosion passed off. “It is not likely that anyone inside the pit survived as there was a lot of fuel in the pit,” Johnson mentioned.
He steered the blast was once brought about via generator that were delivered to the scene to assist pump out the gasoline for folks’s boxes.
It was once no longer in an instant transparent what brought about the truck to overturn.
About a yr in the past, greater than 30 citizens in the similar locality had been burnt to dying whilst scooping gasoline from an oil tanker concerned in an coincidence.
Nigeria’s worst such coincidence passed off in 1998, when greater than 1,000 folks died because the leaking oil pipeline from which they had been scooping gasoline exploded in town of Jesse.