Nigerian fuel tanker crash in Onitsha kills dozens

The bus station was very crowded at the time of the accident

The bus station was very crowded at the time of the accident

More than 60 people have died in south-eastern Nigeria after a fuel tanker crashed into a busy bus station and caught fire, officials say.

Eyewitnesses say the driver lost control of the tanker as it was going downhill in the city of Onitsha.

Rescue workers say 12 other vehicles caught fire in Sunday’s incident, which police say, was an accident.

In 2012 more than 100 people died in a blaze as they tried to get oil from an overturned tanker in southern Nigeria.

Gruesome images of the aftermath of the Onitsha crash show burnt corpses on the ground besides the charred vehicle shells, reports BBC Nigeria correspondent Will Ross.

Dozens of people are being treated in two hospitals in Onitsha.

–BBC

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