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Breaking! Horror In Nigeria As Oil Tanker Explodes: Death Toll 80 And Rising

 
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UMUNYA, NIGERIA (BNO NEWS) -- Scores of people died when a fuel tanker exploded on a highway in Nigeria's Umunya on Friday, destroying at least nine other vehicles, including a loaded school bus.

The Saturday Tribune reported that more than 80 people died and an unknown number of people were seriously injured in the disaster which happened between noon and 2 p.m. local time on Friday. It happened at the Odumodu Junction on the Onitsha-Enugu highway in Anambra, a state in Nigeria.

According to eyewitnesses, the tanker was stuck in a deep hole before it overturned and spilled the diesel it was carrying on to the road. When police arrived at the scene, the paper reported, police officers immediately fired shots into the air, causing the fuel to catch fire. "The tanker burst into flame that engulfed other vehicles that were close-by and equally trapped some of the people that were gathered around the scene [but] were not fast enough to escape," the source said.

Five to seven of the vehicles which were destroyed in the blast were passenger buses, with at least one of them being a school bus loaded with children from a school in Umunya. "It was a horrific experience because we were standing nearby and could do nothing while these little children were burnt to ashes due to the level of heat that was coming from the fire," a witness was quoted as saying. The News Agency of Nigeria cited a witness as saying that a convoy of vehicles carrying politicians was passing-by the tanker when it happened. At least one of the destroyed vehicles was said to be a BMW car.

Anambra State Governor Obi immediately mobilized the State Emergency Maintenance Agency (SEMA) to respond to the disaster, resulting in the rescue of five people who are being treated at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Hospital Nnewi. At least 6 other people were also being treated at various hospitals.

More than 12 hours after the initial blast, firefighters were still battling the inferno while rescue crews were making efforts to recover the corpses. Media reports said a fuel tanker earlier exploded at the same place, but did not cause as many casualties as on Friday.

The two people who were on board the tanker reportedly fled the scene.
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Thank you for sharing, that is awful.
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Not too smart of police to fire bullets at the scene of an oil tanker disaster...
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When police arrived at the scene, the paper reported, police officers immediately fired shots into the air, causing the fuel to catch fire.
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Not too bright...
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A prayer for those souls
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My thoughts and prayers are focused for those that have lost their lives and all those affected interpersonally and intrapersonally.
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That's what I would have done .
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Really tragic...especially as kids were involved.
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According to eyewitnesses, the tanker was stuck in a deep hole before it overturned and spilled the diesel it was carrying on to the road. When police arrived at the scene, the paper reported, police officers immediately fired shots into the air, causing the fuel to catch fire. "The tanker burst into flame that engulfed other vehicles that were close-by and equally trapped some of the people that were gathered around the scene [but] were not fast enough to escape," the source said.


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Diesel doesn't just start on fire. There's some BS about this story.
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According to eyewitnesses, the tanker was stuck in a deep hole before it overturned and spilled the diesel it was carrying on to the road. When police arrived at the scene, the paper reported, police officers immediately fired shots into the air, causing the fuel to catch fire. "The tanker burst into flame that engulfed other vehicles that were close-by and equally trapped some of the people that were gathered around the scene [but] were not fast enough to escape," the source said.




Diesel doesn't just start on fire. There's some BS about this story.
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It takes pressure and really high heat to make it burn (not just sparks). Seems to me the tanker was rigged to burn.
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According to eyewitnesses, the tanker was stuck in a deep hole before it overturned and spilled the diesel it was carrying on to the road. When police arrived at the scene, the paper reported, police officers immediately fired shots into the air, causing the fuel to catch fire. "The tanker burst into flame that engulfed other vehicles that were close-by and equally trapped some of the people that were gathered around the scene [but] were not fast enough to escape," the source said.




Diesel doesn't just start on fire. There's some BS about this story.
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That's what I was thinking when I read it.
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Wow.... :(



Another fuel tanker "earlier exploded" at the same location? That's an ambiguous statement for such an important detail. Was it earlier that day or within a few years?
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Wow.... :(



Another fuel tanker "earlier exploded" at the same location? That's an ambiguous statement for such an important detail. Was it earlier that day or within a few years?
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Oops, I just re-read and apparently it didn't happen on the same day.
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Wow.... :(



Another fuel tanker "earlier exploded" at the same location? That's an ambiguous statement for such an important detail. Was it earlier that day or within a few years?


Oops, I just re-read and apparently it didn't happen on the same day.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 778885


It still is odd. Is that location known for tankers exploding?

Why run buses full children through there if it is?
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Odd....I didnt know diesel could catch like that.
Me thinks tanker company isnt being truthful about what was in the tank!
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Not too smart of police to fire bullets at the scene of an oil tanker disaster...
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it's Nigeria not a civilized world where there is still a bit common sense in police force.
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Not too smart of police to fire bullets at the scene of an oil tanker disaster...

it's Nigeria not a civilized world where there is still a bit common sense in police force.
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Does leave one scratching ones head.
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fyi ... most tankers are multi fuel compartmentalized

they would carry diesel, and a couple grades of auto fuel together

the gas must of been leaking as well...that would do it...only way

you could throw a lighted match in diesel fuel and it wouldnt light

gas on the other hand...well thats your story here
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fyi ... most tankers are multi fuel compartmentalized

they would carry diesel, and a couple grades of auto fuel together

the gas must of been leaking as well...that would do it...only way

you could throw a lighted match in diesel fuel and it wouldnt light

gas on the other hand...well thats your story here
 Quoting: Avian

I was wondering that.....Im tankerlexic chuckle
That would make perfect sense....
Except for the cops that is LOL
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The News Agency of Nigeria cited a witness as saying that a convoy of vehicles carrying politicians was passing-by the tanker when it happened. At least one of the destroyed vehicles was said to be a BMW car.


Thats an odd statement, especially how thy added that at least one of the destroyed cars was a BMW.
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Story gets more odd LOL
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Story gets more odd LOL
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you could throw a lighted match in diesel fuel and it wouldnt light


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WTF?

If you want to burn a wet pile of wood in the rain use diesel.

It might not actually expode but it burns beautifully.
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you could throw a lighted match in diesel fuel and it wouldnt light





WTF?

If you want to burn a wet pile of wood in the rain use diesel.

It might not actually expode but it burns beautifully.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 790708

maybe with kerosene....but not diesel
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you could throw a lighted match in diesel fuel and it wouldnt light





WTF?

If you want to burn a wet pile of wood in the rain use diesel.

It might not actually expode but it burns beautifully.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 790708



yeah in that case, you are correct

put a bucket of fuel and toss a match...no cigar
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"police officers immediately fired shots into the air, causing the fuel to catch fire."

...hey look Zammito an overturned tanker truck...quick get out your guns. Why Boboli. So we can fire shots in the air to scare away the lions. Ok Boboli...ready set...

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Who gets the contract for fixing the roads? Probably haliburton...
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Who gets the contract for fixing the roads? Probably haliburton...
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Probably the closest Nigerian with a bulldozer. chuckle
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