Published On: Fri, Jan 11th, 2013

Petrol tanker fire consumes two, razes houses at Mbiama

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By Jimitota Onoyume, PH

TWO persons were feared dead Friday while about ten others reportedly sustained injuries when a petrol tanker fell on the ever  busy Mbiama end of the East West road in Rivers state.

Eleven vehicles, thirteen shops and some buildings were consumed in the inferno.  Eye witnesses who spoke to  Saturday  Vanguard blamed the incident on bad driving.

According to them, the petrol tanker skidded off the road and fell, spilling its content.  About five motorcycles were among items consumed by the raging fire.

The development caused a gridlock on the ever busy East West road.

It would be recalled that a petrol tanker veered off the road last year at Okobe, a community close to Mbiama, spilling its content. The tanker later burst into flames killing close to two hundred persons scooping fuel at the scene of the accident.

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