Two injured as fuel tanker falls, explodes in Bauchi

By Rukayat Akanbi

Two persons have reportedly injured in an accident involving a 33-thousand-litres fuel tanker which fell down and exploded in front of Federal Polytechnic gate, Gwallamaji, Bauchi on Wednesday night. Eyewitnesses accounts said that the incident occurred at about 8:00pm while its content spilt and caught fire. One of the residents of Gwallamaji said some people were injured.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi Command, Ahmad Wakil told Our Correspondent that the vehicle lost control and exploded while two people were injured. He said that: “They are receiving treatment at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH).”

Also, Public Relations Officer of the Fire Service, Abubakar Bala said that there was no casualty as a result of the incident. “It happened at about 8:45pm when a tanker laden with fuel exploded in front of Federal Polytechnic in Gwallamaji. Our men immediately went there with support of the Fire Service of the Polytechnic. They put the situation under control.

“We did not record any casualty at the spot but we heard that a resident who was scooping fuel was injured but we could not confirm that,” he said. He said that the accident was caused by mechanical fault. He urged the drivers to always do daily and periodical maintenance of the vehicle.

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