A tanker truck belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation, loaded with over 40,000 litres of petrol, Saturday night fell on top of a Mercedes Benz car and trapped the driver to death.
The tanker with registration number XKN 222 SA with NNPC emblem was said to be heading to Owerri the Imo Capital before it lost control and upturned in front of the Navy School of Finance and Logistics Owerrinta in Abia State.
It was learnt that the tanker fell on top of a blue Mercedes Benz car with the driver trapped
under it, while people around were shouting and trying to find a way to save the life of the trapped man and also avoid the truck being engulfed in fire.
ABN gathered that it took the intervention of Capt. Abdulahi Aminu of the Navy School, who mobilized his men to ensure that the tanker was constantly sprayed with water from the naval base to avoid any fire incident.
Capt. Aminu said immediately he got information about the ugly incident, he engaged his men to ensure that the people around the area were evacuated in case of fire out break.
He said, “ It was a huge tragedy and immediately I heard about the incident, I told my people to do everything possible to ensure the safety of lives and property of the people living around the area including our base”.
“I came down personally and directed the affairs until the tow truck we engaged came and move the fallen truck out of the highway, as the entire road was completely blocked”.
“The man whose car the truck fell on was trapped and we were busy trying to save his life, but unfortunately by the time the truck was lifted off the car the man was found dead”.
Capt Aminu stated that car has been removed from the highway while the body of the car driver has been removed and deposited in a mortuary,adding that the police will make available the necessary information
for relatives of the dead man to come forward to claim his body.
He said the efforts made by his men to save the situation was part of the social responsibility of the navy wherever they found themselves, “ We are not only involved in our routine naval duties, we also ensure the security of life and property of people living around us”.
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