ABUJA – At least 50 people have been killed and 70 others injured after a fuel tanker exploded in Benue State in northern Nigeria, authorities said Tuesday.
Eyewitnesses said the petrol tanker flipped over when the driver was trying to dodge a bump in the road and exploded in Ahumbe village on Monday.
State police spokeswoman Catherine Anene told EFE over the phone that many people died as a result of the fire that spread to nearby homes.
Spokesman for the local government area, Christopher Avi, was cited by local media as saying that at least 50 people burned to death while the wounded sustained serious injuries.
This type of accident is frequent in Nigeria due to the bad conditions of state infrastructure, poor vehicle maintenance and reckless driving.
Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer and most populous country with some 200 million people imports much of its fuel because its four refineries produce below capacity.