A tanker loaded with Premium Motor Spirit, known as petrol, fell and spilled some of its content at the Agu-Awka Junction near Awka, in Anambra State on Friday.
It was gathered that the incident happened late Friday due to the tanker’s brake failure as the driver navigated the bad portions of the road.
However, no life was lost and no disaster was recorded due to the timely intervention of the Anambra State Fire Service, who arrived at the scene and neutralised the flowing PMS to prevent it from catching fire.
It was also gathered that security operatives were also on the ground to prevent members of the public from gaining access to the scene of the crash to scoop petrol.
The State Fire Chief, Martin Agbili, who confirmed the incident, thanked the Police Force, Federal Road Safety Corps, and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, who he said were on the ground for crowd and traffic control to enable firefighters to do a perfect job.
Agbili said the trans-loading of the content of the petrol tanker was completely done during the night.
He said, “On Friday 17-11-2023, the Anambra State Fire Service received a distress call of a fallen tanker loaded with PMS at Agu-Awka junction due to brake failure of the tanker.
“Our two fire trucks and firefighters were immediately deployed to the incident scene for the rescue operation. With the application of water and chemical foam compound, the flowing PMS was diluted to prevent it from catching fire.
“No life was lost during the incident. The content of the petrol tanker was saved with little damage on the truck and the PMS’s trans-loading was completely done at night.
“Appreciation to the Officers of Nigeria Police Force, FRSC, and NSCDC who were there for crowd and traffic control to enable firefighters to do a perfect job” he submitted.
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