A fire explosion has been averted in Awka, Anambra state on Friday after a fully loaded diesel tanker fell along the Onitsha-Enugu expressway.
The accident involved a Mercedes Benz truck with the driver and two passengers on board. Information gathered revealed that the truck was heading to Enugu from Onitsha.
Confirming the incident, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Andrew Kumapayi said that the crash was as a result of over-speeding, indecision and fatigue.
“It’s quite glaring that the driver has been going on a speed more than required. Besides, it’s possible that fatigue set in which led to loss of control and the tanker fell.
“He was coming from Onitsha axis, and out of indecision, he suddenly turned right. I want to believe he’s coming from a far journey and didn’t rest. Thank God no life was lost. But the driver and his boys were seriously injured.
“We had to cordon off the entire area to avert any fire outbreak. We later opened up the road to allow free flow of traffic after the fire service had neutralized the inflammable content.”
Speaking on the response from the team, the State Fire Chief, Engr. Martin Agbili said;
“At 10am, we received a distress call that a truck loaded carrying diesel fell along the express close to our office and immediately dispatched our men to extinguish it with five of our fire trucks.
“Thank God it has not started burning before our men and other sister agencies arrived because the content spread to other places. Besides the number of vehicles passing the express makes the situation more risky.”