Niger: Fire guts petrol-laden tanker while in motion
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said that a petroleum-laden tanker had been gutted by fire in Badeggi village, along Bida- Lapai road in Bida Local Government Area of Niger.
The state sector commander, Kumar Tsukwam, said in an interview in Minna on Sunday that the incident occurred at about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Mr Tsukwam stated that the tanker was conveying Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) to Abuja and started leaking while in motion.
“The driver parked and tried to fix the leakage, a fire from a tea shop ignited, followed the trail of the leakage and set the tanker ablaze, as well as two other articulated vehicles.”
Mr Tsukam said that four people were involved in the incident, but they were all unhurt.
He explained that the men of FRSC RS7 24 Bida, fire service personnel and other security agencies were at the scene managing the situation.
The sector commander advised drivers of articulated vehicles to always ensure safety of their vehicles while on the roads to avoid unnecessary crashes.
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