ABUJA (Reuters) – At least 50 people were killed in Nigeria when fuel from a crashed truck that they were siphoning up caught fire, a spokesman for the governor in central Benue state said on Tuesday.
“A tanker loaded with fuel fell yesterday (Monday) and people were scooping its products when it caught fire, killing over 50 persons,” the spokesman said. Others were badly injured and taken to hospital.
Such incidents are relatively common in Nigeria, though rarely is the death toll so high. While fuel is cheap, many live in extreme poverty.
Last October, 60 people were killed when a spill at an oil pipeline in the southeast caught fire.
Reporting by Anamesere Igboeroteonwu; writing by Paul Carsten; editing by John Stonestreet