Another petroleum tanker crashes in Onitsha

Another tanker laden with Premium Motor Spirit on Thursday fell into a ditch by Chipex Petroleum Station around Upper Iweka axis within Onitsha, the commercial hub of Anambra State.
Emeka Obinwa, Executive Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on State Emergency Management Agency, Media, confirmed the incident to News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Awka.
NAN recalled that two incidents of petroleum tanker accident, which later caught fire, were recorded in Onitsha on October 16 and 18, 2019.
Obinwa said that PMS was spilling out from today’s tanker at the time of filling this report, but added that the highly inflammable substance had yet to catch fire.
“As we speak, there is no fire at the scene. Fire fighters are seriously working at the scene, pouring water to the tanker to prevent outbreak of fire,” he said.
Also the Police in Anambra State issued a statement advising residents of the area to stay clear in order to prevent any disaster.
SP Haruna Mohammed, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, who signed the statement, said Police patrol teams have cordoned off the area.
He said that John Abang, the Commissioner of Police, had visited the scene where the tanker crashed into a gutter due to brake failure for on the spot assessment.
Mohammed said the tanker, which was coming from Benin, was heading to Enugu with the product before the accident on Thursday afternoon.