Many road users, not excluding residents were feared killed on Monday in after a tanker loaded with petroleum products went up in flames in Ahumbe village on the Alliade/ Makurdi Federal Highway in the Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State.
Naija News understands that the tanker was said to have flamed up after it fell off the road in the process of the driver trying to avoid potholes on the road.
An eyewitness identified as Austin Nembe revealed that the tanker was coming from the eastern part of the country and was heading towards Makurdi when it fell at Ahumbe.
The witness revealed that residents were killed as a result of the ignorance on the part of the government for neglecting the road unrepaired.
The eyewitness also blamed the residents for approaching the tanker with the aim of scooping its petroleum products.
The eyewitness revealed that residents in the area ran towards the fallen tanker and were scooping fuel before the tanker caught an ignited fire that led to the explosion. Some of the victims were burnt beyond recognition.
“You know that tankers are always partitioned in drums. So, the people went to the scene of the accident to scoop fuel.
“In the process of scooping fuel, there was an explosion, which resulted in several people being burnt to death”, he told an online news platform.