Kogi Petrol tanker explosion killed 28 people, including school children ~FRSC
No fewer than 28 people were killed on Wednesday when a petrol tanker exploded in Felele, along the Lokoja-Abuja highway in Kogi State, according to officials of the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC).
Bisi Kazeem, the spokesman for the FRSC, who confirmed this said nine children were involved in the accident, which happened opposite a petrol station along Lokoja-Zariagi highway in the state.
It was gathered the tanker ran into another vehicle and exploded on impact, close to the GT Plaza, a fast food outlet which also serves as park for interstate private commercial vehicles.
The situation was worsened as other oncoming vehicles ran into the inferno. School children were also affected as over ten vehicles got burnt.
Officials of the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) were to temporarily shut the road to avoid serious further damage.
State governor Yahaya Bello said in a statement the accident, which occurred early on Wednesday, led to loss of lives and destroyed many vehicles, properties and other valuables in the tanker fire.