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Petrol Tanker Loses 33,000 Liters To Explosion In Calabar (Photo)
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Posted on: 10:52 Fri, 22 May 2015


An oil tanker belonging to Hudson
Petroleum Ltd at the weekend lost 33,000 liters of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in an explosion.

The oil truck exploded in front of
the firm’s office making it the fifth
time such explosion occurred at the same spot with devastating effect.

The previous explosion is reported
to have claimed several lives, while nearby kiosks and properties worth thousands of naira were destroyed.

Eye witnesses account claimed that the truck which left the Hudson farm tank was negotiating the bend in front of the firm’s office when eight of the tyres pull off and it somersaulted violently leading to explosion of the oil tanker.

“At least, we know of three trucks
that have so somersaulted and
exploded at this same spot”, the eye witnesses maintained.

Speaking to newsmen after the
incident, Chairman of the local
branch of National Union Road
Transport Workers (NURTW), Mr
Effiong Solomon said that, according to his members who drive such oil trucks there are many of them which are faulty belonging to both Hudson Petroleum Ltd and nearby Addax Petroleum Ltd at their tank farms.

The chairman stated that the oil
firms do not pay heed to such complaints, saying it was not their
business to fix faulty oil tankers but the owners.

Commenting on the mishap, the
Assistant Chief Fire Officer of Cross
River State Fire Service, Mr Effiong
Joe Okon pointed out that they were able to arrive the scene of the explosion with minimum delay and were able to dampen the impact and quench the fire using foam contents composed of animal by- products.

He was assisted by the NPA Fire
Service as well as Hudson Fire

When contacted, Officials of Hudson Petroleum Ltd who were at the scene of incident vehemently refused to make comments on the issue as they claimed not to be in a proper position to make any comment on the mishap.
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