2 killed as gas tanker exploded in Port Harcourt

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Port Harcourt, June 4, 2024 – Two persons were killed on Tuesday when a gas tanker fell and exploded along the East-West Road on the outskirts of Port Harcourt in Rivers state.

The explosion occurred at about 9:25 am when the gas tanker fell while trying to negotiate a bypass at the end of Obiri-Ikwerre roundabout.

 The explosion was heard kilometres away, while the impact affected some buildings.

 An eye-witness said two persons inside a salon car parked nearby were burnt beyond recognition.

Grace Iringe-Koko, the Spokesperson for the Rivers State Police Command, confirmed the incident.

“Yes I can confirm that two persons died in the tanker fire. Myself and the Commissioner of Police are on the ground as I speak to you.

“The fire has been put out, but the area is still dangerous because the gas is still licking.

“So, motorists are advised to take alternative routes to avoid any further casualty. The investigation is ongoing, “she said.

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