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Auto mishap: Three die in Lokoja tanker explosion



ABOUT three persons were burnt to death, while two others were rescued with burns yesterday, following a  diesel tanker explosion in Lokoja, Kogi State l.

  According to Corps Commander, Kogi Sector of the Federal Road Safely Corps (FRSC), Stephen Dawulung, who confirmed the incident, it occurred at Felele Quarters, on the Lokoja-Kabba Road, around 8:17 p.m. of Monday.

He said the tanker, conveying flammable material (diesel), busted into flames after a crash.

  “The fire of the crashed tanker resulted to the burning of two other trailers (articulated vehicles) and a Dyna Pick-up van on the road.

  “Three persons were burnt to death, while two other victims were rescued with burns and rushed to Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, for medical attention and the corpse deposited at the mortuary.

  “The crash resulted from dangerous driving by the driver, who suddenly lost control, crashed and was totally burnt.

  “Unfortunately, the Dyna Pick-up van that was parked by the road side and the two other vehicles were affected by the fire. At that point, traffic became standstill due to the magnitude of the fire until it subsided, making operatives of FRSC to conduct traffic control and cleared the hold-up”, he said.

  He advised drivers of articulated vehicles, especially those carrying flammable substances, to be cautious and drive within the regulated speed limit.

  “They (drivers) must also maintain all vehicle safety protocols like the use of safety valves to prevent spillage of content in the event of crash”, he said.

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