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Tragic Incident in Liberia: Tanker Explosion Leaves Over 40 Feared Dead



Over 40 feared dead in Liberia tanker

Dr. Francis Kateh, speaking to local broadcaster Super Bongese TV, expressed the difficulties in ascertaining the exact number of casualties due to some individuals being reduced to ashes. He estimated the death toll to be over 40 people and mentioned that efforts were being made to identify those who were missing.

Initially, the police reported 15 fatalities and stated that at least 30 people sustained injuries as local residents gathered at the accident site.

Prince B. Mulbah, deputy inspector general for the Liberia National Police, described the devastating scene, noting, “There were lots of people that got burned.”

Another police officer, Malvin Sackor, revealed that following the crash, some locals started siphoning the leaking gas, which led to the subsequent explosion, causing fatalities and injuries.

The police are currently in the process of compiling the total count of casualties and those wounded in the incident.

An eyewitness from Totota, Aaron Massaquoi, recounted the chaos, stating, “People climbed all on top of the truck taking the gas, while some of them had irons hitting the tanker for it to burst for them to get gas.”

“He told them not to climb on top of the tanker and that they should stop hitting the tanker…. but some people were even using screwdrivers to put holes on the tank,” Massaquoi added, reflecting the dangerous situation.

Source: AFP