“Seven Fatalities in Petrol Tanker Blast on Warri-Sapele Road

"Seven Fatalities in Petrol Tanker Blast on Warri-Sapele Road
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Seven Fatalities in Petrol Tanker Blast on Warri-Sapele Road

Tragedy struck the Warri-Sapele expressway in the Ometan community of Okpe Local Government Area, Delta State, claiming the lives of seven individuals in a devastating petrol tanker explosion. The horrifying incident unfolded around 10 a.m. on Friday when the tanker detached from its truck head, leading to a catastrophic explosion that engulfed the area in flames.

Eyewitnesses described the scene as chaotic, with the trailer disintegrating on the road and triggering a massive fire upon impact. The sheer force of the crash exacerbated the situation, resulting in widespread destruction and loss of life.

Upon receiving the news, Governor Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta State, returning from a project inspection in the creeks, swiftly responded to the tragedy. Accompanied by dignitaries, including the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Emomotimi Guwor, former Chairman of Okpe Local Government Council, and Hon. Isaiah Esiovwa, Governor Oborevwori, visited the accident site to offer condolences and support to the grieving community.

Expressing profound sorrow over the loss of life, Governor Oborevwori extended heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims and the entire Ometan community. He emphasized the gravity of the situation and underscored the need for solidarity and support in the face of such a tragic event.

The governor’s immediate response reflects the government’s commitment to addressing the incident’s aftermath and assisting those affected. As investigations into the cause of the explosion continue, efforts are underway to ensure the safety of road users and prevent similar tragedies in the future.

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