The Imo State capital, Owerri, was on Wednesday morning (10th March) thrown into panic, as a tanker explosion was averted at the popular Wetheral Road, Owerri, the night before. The incident, which created panic in the axis, forced banks, shops and business outlets to shut down.
The disaster which was averted by the prompt response of emergency responders, occurred when a tanker laden with premium motor spirit (PMS) skidded over a road demarcation and split its content on the road, in the heart of the state capital. According to eyewitness accounts, the accident happened when the driver allegedly slept off on the wheel and skidded into the road demarcation near the road leading to Ikenegbu Girls College.
The incident occurred at about 8:00pm and subsequently led to severe traffic gridlock which resulted in road users making use of alternative routes to get to their destinations.
The Director of the Imo State Fire Service, Mr. Japhet Okoroafor, who confirmed the incident, said the situation was however brought under control, in collaboration with men of the other emergency responders in the state.
Acoording to Mr. Japhet, “The agency received a distress call at about 8pm on Tuesday and activated a response team to the accident scene. Upon the arrival of the agency’s response team at the scene, it was observed that there was an accident involving a Mack tanker loaded with 50,000 litres of petroleum products.”