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Fuel Tanker Collides with Vehicle on Niger Bridge, Igniting Fire



Fuel tanker rams into vehicle on Niger Bridge catches fire

No lives were lost, but the incident caused significant disruption on the bridge as the resulting flames engulfed the surrounding area. Firefighters and other rescue operators worked tirelessly to gain control of the situation.

Anambra State Fire Chief, Martin Agbili, confirmed the incident and stated that the fire was extinguished around 9:30 pm.

“The information is accurate, although the fire had already been put out by 9:30 pm. It was caused by a head-on collision between two vehicles,” Agbili said.

“Firefighters and other rescue operators worked to extinguish the fire, and no lives were lost. The bridge remained undamaged. There is no need for panic.”

In a similar incident, a fallen petrol tanker at Awkuzu resulted in a severe traffic jam on Tuesday as commuters battled to reach their destinations.

Martin Agbili, the state fire chief, also confirmed this incident, stating that it occurred around 7:30 am.

“At approximately 7:30 am today, October 31, 2023, the Anambra State Fire Service received a distress call regarding a fallen petrol tanker in Awkuzu,” Agbili said.

“We immediately dispatched our firefighters and fire truck to the scene of the incident.

“Thankfully, no lives were lost as we were able to prevent the tanker from catching fire. We would like to express our appreciation to the Nigeria Police Force, Army, and FRSC for their efforts in controlling the crowd that were attempting to scoop petrol.

“We concluded our operations at the scene around 3:18 pm after ensuring the environment was safe.”