Nigeria oil tanker crash kills 23 Nigeria

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Children among the dead as a truck carrying gasoline overturns and catches fire on a busy highway in central Kogi state.

At least 23 people have been killed after an oil tanker overturned and caught fire on a busy road in central Kogi state, Nigeria.The tanker lost control and crashed into five cars, three tricycles and two motorcycles on the Lokoja-Abuja highway on Wednesday.

He allegedly came across one of five cars carrying a family, crushing them to death before igniting, local media reported.

Kogi State Sector Commander Idris Fika Ali confirmed that 23 people were killed in the blast while a child survived with injuries.

He added that the occupants of the 10 vehicles involved had been killed.

“The deaths of 23 people, confirmed by the Federal Road Safety Commission, represent another disturbing and sad incident in the litany of tragedies that have befallen our country,” President Muhammadu Buhari said in a statement.

“I am seriously concerned about the frequency of these unfortunate and large-scale tragedies in the country which cause unnecessary deaths,” he added.

The accident occurred in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi state, after the truck’s brakes failed and its driver lost control, according to the AFP news agency [Haruna Yahaya /AFP]

Bisi Kazeem, spokesman for the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), said nine children were involved in the accident, which happened in front of a gas station along the highway.

Road accidents are common in Nigeria, where roads are poorly maintained and safety standards poor.



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