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Road accident kills 70 people in Nigeria's Anambra State

AT least 70 persons were burnt to death yesterday while several others sustained serious degrees of burn when a petroleum tanker exploded and set over eight vehicles ablaze in southeast Nigeria's Anambra State.

The vehicles included five 18-seated buses fully loaded with passengers, the Lagos-based Daily Independent reported today.

The tanker was trapped in a deep porthole before it fell and emptied its content on the road at about noon, the report said.

Ben Ekenna, state sector head of operations of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), told reporters that the accident occurred due to the deplorable nature of the road.

He said if nothing was done about the failed portions of the road, incidents like this were bound to happen.

"Something should be done about this road and fast too, if not, the lives of commuters and other road users are in great danger," Ekenna said.


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