Two persons have been burnt to death in a tanker explosion in Umunya, Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The incident occurred at the popular Odumodu Junction, along the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway on Tuesday morning, May 24.
According to an eyewitness, the tyre of the tanker loaded with gas burst and it collided with a shuttle bus.
Confirming the incident, the Director of Anambra State Fire Service, Dr Martin Agbili stated that two people were burnt to death.
According to him, the incident was caused by a tanker’s tyre that got damaged and it resulted in a collision with a shuttle bus which in turn led to the fire explosion.
“We received a distress call at about 0840hours (8:40 am) on Tuesday 24th May 2022 that a tanker loaded with gas had a burst tyre which resulted in a collision with a shuttle bus that caused the fire explosion at Odumodu Umunya,” he said.
“We immediately deployed our firemen to move down to the fire incident scene to extinguish the fire. According to the eyewitnesses and what we could confirm, two people were burnt to death.
“The fire was completely extinguished and no other casualties were recorded during the fire fighting. We left the fire incident scene at about 1130 hours (11:30 am)” he said.