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Driver, Conductor Flee as Petrol Tanker Crashes, Spills Content Along Onitsha-Awka Expressway



By Praise Chinecherem 

A petrol tanker Thursday night spilled its content after it tumbled along Onitsha-Awka expressway, Nkpor,  Anambra State.

The truck driver and his conductor were said to have fled immediately after the incident which occurred around 8pm by Nkpor bridge.

“The driver while ascending a hill, developed fault, started rolling backward and finally fell upside down,” an eye witness said.

It was gathered that officers of Fire Service who arrived the scene shortly spread water chemical around the spot to avert possible fire outbreak.

Confirming the incident, AG Sector Public Education Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), RC Margaret Onabe put the time of the incident at 2000hrs, saying the area has been cordoned off and traffic diverted.

She said, “A fully PMS loaded mark tanker with reg number ENU112ZK while on motion lost the strength to continue, started rolling backward and finally failed upside down causing total blockage along Onitsha-Awka express by Nkpor Bridge(new parts).

“The product is still dropping but information has it that Fire Service had already spread their water chemical at the scene of the incident to avert possible fire outbreak. 

“However, the place has been totally cordoned off and traffic diverted to Awka-Onitsha expressway.

“Also the driver of the truck and his conductor are no where to be found as at the time of this report.”

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