12 dead in Nigeria gas tanker explosion, police say

ABUJA, Nigeria—A petrol tanker crashed and then exploded in north-central Nigeria, killing at least 12 people, police said Friday.

The tanker had a brake failure along a highway in Kogi state’s off-council area on Thursday night and collided with a vehicle blocking the highway, causing a fireball, a police spokesman told The Associated Press. rice field.

The vehicle “crushed cars on the way” and all victims were burned to death, said William Ovey Aya, commander of Kogi police.

Bisi Kazeem of Nigeria’s Federal Road Safety Corps said other people were injured in the crash.

Kazeem said roads were blocked and road safety officials were working to identify victims.

Such accidents are so common along most major roads in Nigeria that the country has introduced new measures to curb their occurrence. More than 10 people died.

Authorities in Kogi are investigating the latest crash, state intelligence commissioner Kingsley Fanwo told The Associated Press.

Chinedu Asadu

Associated Press