Many Dead In Sierra Leone Oil Tanker Explosion

Fire ignited by a petrol tanker explosion in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, killed 98 people on Saturday, according to the West African country’s disaster management agency.

According to witnesses, the explosion occurred after a fuel tanker collided with another truck at a gas station on Friday night.

The flames then spread, engulfing individuals in automobiles and on surrounding roadways.

According to a volunteer worker who was on the site, majority of the casualties were street sellers and motorcyclists, many of whom were trapped in the blaze while attempting to recover petrol seeping from the truck before the fire started.

The National Disaster Management Agency said in a statement that 98 deaths had been recorded so far and “92 survivors are currently admitted to various hospitals in Freetown”.

After arriving at the scene, the Vice-President of Sierra Leone gave a dead toll of 98, adding that all those injured will receive free medical care.

Many women, men, and children had suffered “severe injuries,” according to a nurse at the hospital where the victims were taken.

On Saturday, rescue activities resumed under police supervision.

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