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Over 20 persons burnt in tanker explosion

File photo of a vehicle on fire

Over 20 persons have been burnt beyond recognition following a petroleum tanker explosion  this evening in Calabar.

The tanker which was loaded with petroleum products fell along Odukpani axis of the Ikom-calabar highway near the Federal Housing estate.

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An eye witness said the number of persons burnt would be far higher when the huge inferno subsides.

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The eyewitness said people were seen running to the scene with gallons and other containers to scoop fuel when the tanker veered off the road into a ditch on the roadside.

Rescuers were able to bring out burnt bodies which were close to the road side. The sight was grave.

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