Tanker fire kills teenagers locked up by parents

Tragedy struck yesterday at Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, as two teenagers lost their lives while four others were injured when a petrol tanker lost control and crashed near a micro finance bank in the town.

The raging inferno occasioned by the crash also burnt 30 houses and 22 shops.

According to reports, the accident occurred when the tanker’s brakes failed and veered off the main road thereby running over houses and vehicles along the ever busy Kalgara road.

The assistant zonal coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, in Niger State, Mallam Musa Abdulrazaq, while confirming the accident, said the truck lost control and ran into a micro finance bank and caught fire.

He stated that the two teenagers who lost their lives were locked up in a shop by their parents which made it difficult for any body to rescue them in the process.

He added that 11 vehicles and 11 motorcycles were burnt and that NEMA had already visited the scene of the accident to assess the casualty level.

According to him, the four people injured were treated and discharged from the hospital.

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