Anambra - The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has confirmed that 23 persons were wounded in a fuel-tanker fire incident which occurred at Mkpor, near Onitsha, Anambra, on Monday.
The incident occurred at about 3 p.m. when the front part of fuel-laden truck pulled off while it was trying to climb a flyover bridge in the centre of the busy community.
The incident created pandemonium which culminated to several hours of traffic snarl-up in the area and had five vehicles completely burnt by the fire.
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The Sector Commander of FRSC in the state, Sunday Ajayi, however, said that no life was lost in the incident and that the injured had been hospitalized.
Ajayi said that the petrol tanker caught fire after it rolled back while climbing the bridge, adding that the break system of the vehicle failed to work.
"The tanker with registration number GAR 234 XA belonging to an indigenous oil company
was heading towards Awka when the incident occurred.
"The FRSC quickly mobilized the state Fire Service officials to put out the fire which was raging at the base of the bridge while all those injured were taken to nearby hospitals for prompt medical attention,’’ he said.
He said that the commission deployed more than 30 officers and men to the area to clear the gridlock and ensure free-flow of traffic.