Petrol Tanker Explodes At Assin Fosu

The burning fuel tanker
A FUEL tanker with registration number AS 92-12, which was travelling from Cape Coast towards Kumasi, caught fire when it exploded yesterday at Assin Foso in the Assin North Municipality of the Central Region.

The incident occurred when an articulator truck with registration number GT 9938-09, was reversing onto the main road, causing the fuel tanker to ram into it.

Information gathered by DAILY GUIDE had it that there was a spillage of oil as a result of the impact of the accident, which caused the explosion.

Three shops and a wooden structure serving as warehouse for yams along the road were also torched, burning the items into ashes. About 50 other shops were reportedly affected.

However, there was no reported case of fatality as at press time yester night, though the fire had not been completely put out by fire fighters from the district, with support from the Cape Coast Fire Service.

Information further indicated that some of the traders, upon hearing the explosion, had no other option than to run towards different directions with some falling into a nearby gutter, resulting in minor injuries.

DAILY GUIDE observed that the explosion created traffic congestion on the way; and security personnel had to be deployed to the area to maintain law and order.

DAILY GUIDE further gathered that personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service were deployed to the scene to prevent the fire from spreading to other structures due to the spillage of oil on the road.

Speaking to the media, the Assin Foso Divisional Police Commander, ACP Okyere Anane Danquah, revealed that the incident happened around 8:00 am when the tanker reportedly rammed into the truck that had offloaded a quantity of cement into a warehouse in the area and was reversing onto the main road.

ACP Anane Danquah noted that the fuel from the tanker made it difficult for personnel from the Fire Service to put out the fire, but managed to contain and prevent it from spreading to other structures to save lives and property.

‘My outfit and the Fire Service personnel had to work tirelessly to clear the road and also ensure that criminals do not take advantage of the situation to carry out their nefarious activities,’ he added.

Meanwhile, the two drivers bolted and the police were seriously hunting for them.

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FROM Sarah Afful, Cape Coast
 

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