A Tanker conveying fuel has killed a teenage girl as it spilled its content in a tragedy that struck at the Obiri-Kwere flyover, just outside Port Harcourt in Rivers State.
The tanker, thenewsguru.com learnt, emptied its content on the road, causing heavy traffic and forced motorist to divert too other routes on Friday.
Our reporter further gathered that the incident caused tears among residents and passers-by that called at the scene.
A source told thenewsguru.com that the truck cut off its supposed tracking and one of its parts hit the girl, who jump out of a tricycle she was in at the time of the unfortunate accident.
The source they were at their home when they suddenly saw a trailer making noise with its body separated from the head and so the girl felt that the head of the trailer was going to hit the tricycle she was in, so she jumped out and the body of the trailer unfortunately fell on top of her leading to her death.
“The trailer driver ran away from the scene initially but later returned, ” one source also told the Newsguru.com.
Our correspondent then gathered that the body of the girl was taken by the police to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital.
When contacted, acting spokesperson for the state police command, Grace Iringe-Koko, said she had yet to get report of the incident at the time of going to the press.
She said; “I’m not aware of it, but I will find out from the DPO of that area and get back to you,” she said.
On the contrary, Head of Operations, Federal Road Safety Commission, Rivers State Command, Chukwuma Mbaegbu, confirmed the incident to our correspondent.
“Yes, we are aware; our men went there for rescue and to control the traffic. The girl was afraid when the tanker lost control. It is very unfortunate,” Mbaegbu noted.