Many Feared Killed in Rivers Tanker Explosion

April 27, 2024

An unidentified number of persons were said to have been burnt to death in a tanker explosion at the Eleme section of the East-West Road, Rivers State.

The incident, involving a tanker loaded with petroleum products, happened around 9:45 pm on Friday.

It was learnt that many of the vehicles in a traffic queue were affected as the tanker exploded adjacent to the Indorama Petrochemical Company located along the Akpojo-Onne axis of the East-West Road — leading to some critical national assets.

According to a source, two very loud sounds came from the petrochemical company with people shouting that a tanker had exploded and started raging.

While the actual cause of the incident was yet to be confirmed, another source claimed that the explosion happened, following a collision between a truck carrying substances and other vehicles, adding that he counted no fewer than four dead bodies as of the time of filing the report.

Source: Tribune Online