A petrol-laden truck burst at Ankpa, the capital of Ankpa Local Government in Kogi State, killing around twenty persons.
The tanker apparently lost control owing to brake failure and crashed into the Maboro River bridge before exploding.
According to an eyewitness, the event occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m. On Wednesday, September 28.
“It’s the second major disaster in Ankpa this month,” one eyewitness remarked. This is the most terrifying and horrible. Over 20 people were burned alive, some beyond recognition.
“Many who were crushed to death had their body parts scattered all over the place. The parts were picked in pieces and put in body bags.”
Stephen Dawulung, Sector Commander of the Kogi State Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), acknowledged the tragedy but stated the number of casualties could not yet be determined.
“My boys are there, putting the pieces together. We don’t know the number of the dead yet. A tanker, one bus and three cars, three motorcycles were involved”. “He stated.