A tanker vehicle containing Premium Motor Spirit, (PMS) has reportedly exploded on Friday along Onitsha/Owerri express road, killing a woman and injuring three persons at Irete, Imo State.
The Vanguard correspondent had gathered that the tanker vehicle, after allegedly offloading PMS to a filling station along the road, at about 11:05 am, had tried to make U-turn when a bus quickly clashed with it, and it exploded.
An eye witness reportedly said: “We are standing here watching the tanker struggling to turn from this point it wasted time because the vehicle was too long. While we are even helping to direct the tanker before you know it, a bus heading to Owerri to offload bunches of pineapple now hit the tanker and it exploded like a bomb.”
Reacting to the incident, the Imo State Director of Fire Service, Japhate Okereafor allegedly noted: “We are there and we can confirm that one person has died and three persons injured. It was a tanker explosion which caught fire. The tanker was on motion when it exploded.
“At this point, we have effectively battle the incident and controlled it. My men are ground and we are doing our best to restore calmness in the area,” he added.