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Tanker loaded with petrol falls in Ile-Ife, spews fuel

A petroleum tanker, loaded with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly known as petrol, fell Monday along Fajuyi road, close to Ilesa motor park in Ile-Ife.

The petrol tanker, said to belong to BOVAS filling station, was going to Moore Area to offload its contents when it suddenly fell.

When a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reporter visited the scene of the incident, it was discovered that the driver did not sustain any injuries.

NAN, however, reports that the fallen tanker had spewed fuel all over the place, which had been cordoned off by security operatives.

An eyewitness, Ibrahim Salam, said that the tanker suddenly fell while attempting to cross a road leading to Moore Area, where the filling station was located.

He stated, “We thank God that no life or property were lost.”

The Principal Fire Superintendent 2, Mr  Adeyinmi Adeleye, also the Zonal Commander Ife Zonal Fire Station, told NAN that they were there to prevent people from extracting petrol from the tanker to prevent a fire incident.

Adeleye added that there was nothing they could do now to rescue the situation other than disallow people from getting petrol from the tanker, saying that they were there now to assess the situation.

According to him, it may be the tanker driver overspeeding in that area because the road was sloppy and had dangerous bends.

He advised petroleum tanker and heavy truck drivers to be cautious in that area when they are passing.

The principal fire superintendent also admonished the citizens in the area to be vigilant and leave the place as quickly as possible because the flame alone can envelop that area, which may cause casualties.


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