(LAGOS, Nigeria) – An oil tanker exploded in Nigeria while dozens of people took care of the leaking fuel and many were killed. Police and witnesses said Saturday.
Hundreds of people have died in similar accidents recently Year in Nigeria, Africa's largest oil producer is, as poor people risk their lives gathering fuel leaks from pipelines or trucks.
"We've restored 12 corpses and taken 22 people with severe burns in hospitals," police spokesman Irene Ugbo told The Associated Press. She said the blast occurred Friday night in Odukpani in the Cross River state in the southeast.
But some residents put the death row closer to 60.
"The police just recovered a few corpses, many of the other dead were burned to ashes," Richard Johnson told the AP.
He said about 60 people were in a pit when the fuel occurred when the explosion occurred. "It's not likely that someone inside the pit survived because there was a lot of fuel in the pit," Johnson said.
He suggested that the blast was caused by an electric generator that had come to the stage to help pump out the fuel for human containers.
It was not immediately clear what caused the truck to turn around.
About a year ago, more than 30 residents in the same town were broken into death while scooping fuel from an oil tanker involved in an accident.
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