Panic in Ilorin after gas tank falls off truck

The headless gas tank in Ilorin

By Olayinka Owolewa

There was panic in Ilorin on Friday when a gas tank being wheeled from Lagos fell off the truck on motion.

The bizarre incident happened around “A” Division area of the Kwara capital, triggering jitters among residents and shop owners.

They scampered out of their homes and facilities following the incident for fear of possible explosion.

However, a combined team of the Police, Civil Defence Corps, Fire Service and State Road Maintenance Agency made efforts to contain the situation.

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The responders also controlled the heavy gridlock by diverting motorists to alternative routes.

The spokesman of Kwara Fire Service, Mr Hassan Adekunle, said the head of the truck “suddenly got detached on motion from its body which led to profuse leakage of the product”.

He said firemen were deployed at the scene throughout the incident to prevent any fire outbreak until the whole siphoning process was done.

He said the state Director of the Service, Mr Falade Olumuyiwa, has advised tanker drivers to be extra careful on the roads, especially anytime they were transporting highly inflammable materials.

Ilorin has been recording cases of truck accidents lately

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