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On July 4, tragedy strikes as a tanker explosion claims more than 20 lives

According to reports, a tanker explosion at Koko junction on the Warri-Benin HighwayWarri-Benin Highway in Delta State’s Warri North Local Government Area claimed the lives of no less than 20 individuals

According to information obtained by Vanguard, the event, which happened early on Sunday, was caused by a spark from a malfunctioning vehicle while the people involved were busy scooping up fuel that had spilled from the tanker

It was discovered that a pregnant woman, kids, and some elderly people were among the deceased

An eyewitness, who asked to remain anonymous, claimed that when the tanker toppled and spilled its contents on the road, several people raced to scoop up the petrol despite being warned by other drivers and security personnel who had rushed to the area after learning of the tanker’s fall

“We tried to stop them, but the youths yelled at us and said they would beat us because it was in their neighborhood. They arrived in large groups bringing a variety of containers, and when the explosion occurred this morning about 12:15 am, we all ran

The eye witness who went by the name Yusuf said, “You can see dead bodies on the ground, some of them ran into the forest as I speak some dead bodies have been removed, I counted over 20 bodies”

When Vanguard arrived on the scene, some deceased bodies that had been completely burned were lying on the ground alongside burned vehicles, including the tanker that had detonated

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