Update: 108 Killed, 92 Injured In Fuel Tanker Explosion In Sierra Leone


FREETOWN – At least 108 people were killed and 92 others injured, in a fuel tanker explosion here late Friday, Sierra Leone’s National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), confirmed yesterday.

According to a statement by NDMA, a loaded fuel tanker and a truck carrying granite collided on a highway, while the fuel tanker was about to enter a nearby filling station.

Footages and eyewitnesses revealed that, while the collision took place, both drivers came out of their vehicles and warned residents to stay off the scene, while trying to address a leakage emanating from the collision, said the statement.

In the interim, some community members rushed to the scene and took advantage of the leakage to scoop fuel and store it in nearby makeshift structures. In the cause of scooping the fuel, a major explosion happened and resulted in a fire disaster, it added.

The statement said, the injured were admitted into different hospitals across the city, suffering varying degrees of burn. Meanwhile, medical supply has been provided to the victims.

Sierra Leonean President, Julius Maada Bio, yesterday expressed his condolences over the fuel tanker explosion, saying, the government will “do everything to support affected families.”

In the meantime, the president cancelled his trip to the Extraordinary Session of the Economic Community of West African States Authority of Heads of State and Government, which is set to be held in Ghana today.


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