By Citizens Platform
A fire incident involving a petroleum tanker and two Toyota cars in Birnin Maza along Lapai-Lambata- Abuja road in Niger state, has left eight persons dead.
The accident occurred when the fuel the tanker was conveying began to gush out, about 20 kilometres to Lapai. Sources say the two Toyota cars following the tanker in the dilapidated road were gutted by fire when the bottom plate of the cars scratched the road, thereby igniting the fire.
All the six occupants of the two Toyota cars, including the drivers, died at the spot while the villagers who came for rescue were affected in the accident as they sustained various degrees of injuries.
However, both the driver and the conductor of the tanker and about 18 villagers who sustained high degree injuries were rushed to Federal Medical Centre, Bida, and the Rural Hospital, Lapai, but two of them later died yesterday morning.
While confirming the incident, Mohammed Shaba of Niger State Emergency Management Agency, said those who died at the spot were burnt beyond recognition which necessitated their being buried immediately and those who sustained injuries were taken for treatments in hospitals at Bida, Minna and Lapai.
Meanwhile, the Emir of Lapai, Alhaji Umar Bago commiserated with the families of those who lost their lives in the accident while praying for those who sustained injuries to have quick recovery.
The Emir who received the officials of the state Emergency Management Agency led by Shaba, commended the Niger state government for the quick response in times of emergency in the state.
Source: Citizens Platform
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