Petrol Tanker Crushes 13-year-old Road Sweeper to Death in Imo

A loaded petrol tanker that fell in Owerri, the Imo state on Friday killed a 13-year-old street sweeper.

It was gathered that the incident happened around 7.43 am on Friday at West End Roundabout, Old Nekede Road, Owerri, the Imo state capital after the driver lost control of the vehicle as he negotiated to climb the hilly road heading towards Aba Road.

It was gathered that the girl, whose name could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report, was assisting her mother in sweeping the road.

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According to witness, they had finished sweeping and were about crossing the road, the tanker emerged. They were waiting for the tanker to pass before it lost control.

The mother escaped death by whiskers, while the girl was trapped under the fallen tanker and she was later confirmed dead by the Red Cross.

Although there was no spillage, the area was cordoned off by the officials of civil defense and Road Safety, while men of the State fire service were on standby in case of an incident of fire.

The director of the Imo State Fire Service, Japhet Okoroafor, who confirmed the incident, said he and his men arrived the scene early to avert any calamity.

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He also urged motorists to use alternate routes for the time being until the vehicle was removed from that spot.

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