ABUJA: Oil tanker crashed then exploded in north-central Nigeriakilling at least 12 people, police said on Friday.
The tanker suffered brake failure along a main road in Ofu council area in Kogi state on Thursday night when it collided with a vehicle obstructing the highway, causing a fireball, a police spokesperson told The Associated Press.
The vehicle “crushed cars on the way” and all the victims were burned to death, said William Ovye Aya with the Kogi Police Command.
Bissi Kazeem with Nigeria’s Federal Road Safety Corps said other people were injured in the crash.
The road has been cordoned off and road safety officers are working to identify the victims, Kazim said.
Such accidents are so common along most major roads in Nigeria that the country has introduced new measures to limit their occurrence. More than 10 people were killed in Kogi in a similar accident in September.
Kogi authorities are investigating the latest accident, Kingsley Fanwothe state information commissioner, told the AP.

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