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Three injured in petrol tanker accident in Anambra

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Three persons yesterday sustained severe injuries when a fully laden petrol tanker lost control and crashed into a Lexus SUV before falling into a nearby valley at Amawbia, Awka in Anambra State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent, who was at the scene of the crash, reports that two of the injured persons were occupants of the Lexus SUV while the third person was the tanker driver. NAN reports that men of the Anambra Fire Service were battling to ensure that the spilled contents of the tanker did not burst into flames.

Mr. Andrew Kumapayi, Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Anambra, who was at the scene of the incident, told reporters that the head of the tanker detached from the container and fell into a deep valley beside Udoka Estate.

Kumapayi said the wounded had been rushed to Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital for treatment by FRSC rescue team who arrived the scene almost immediately. He said the vehicles involved were the petrol tanker and a Lexus SUV all on the Enugu bound lane of the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway.

The sector commander blamed the incident on over-speeding. Kumapayi, who expressed worry over the attitude of heavy-duty truck drivers, warned motorist to exercise utmost care on the road in the interest of all.NAN reports that the FRSC in the state joined other commands in the country to mark the end of United Nations Global Road Safety Week, with a church thanksgiving yesterday.


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