NIGERIA. Locals fear many more of those who were attempting to scoop up leaking fuel may be dead. At least 22 people were taken to local hospitals with serious burns.
At least 12 people were confirmed dead after an oil tanker overturned and exploded in southern Nigeria, police said on Saturday. The death toll was feared to be higher by locals, who told the press that people will often take the risk of trying to scoop up petrol leaking from damaged tankers or pipelines.
“We have recovered 12 corpses and taken 22 persons with serious burns to hospital,” police spokeswoman Irene Ugbo told reporters
But one eyewitness countered that “the police only recovered a few corpses. Many of the other dead were burnt to ashes.”
The incident occurred on Friday evening in Odukpani in southern Nigeria, where about 30 residents burned to death after a similar accident last year.
It was not immediately clear what caused the tanker to overturn, but Ugbo speculated the scraping of steel containers used to scoop up fuel could have sparked the explosion.
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