Sierra Leone: 98 dead after Freetown oil tanker collision

Sierra Leone: As many as 98 people have passed away after a massive explosion caused when a fuel tanker collided with a lorry in  Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital.

The fuel spilled out of the tanker and then caught fire which resulted in a massive explosion that caused the immediate death of many bystanders. The Footage was broadcast by local media outlets and it showed how people were scorched by the ignition of the oil on the busy road junction where the incident occured. The vice president, Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh visited the place himself and expressed his thoughts regarding the incident. he claimed that it was a national disaster.

He has offered free medical treatment for the injured citizens. The mayor of Freetown,  Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr has described the photos of the incident as “horrifying”. The incident took the lives of 98 citizens and 92 have been injured which are now being treated at the hospitals.

The explosion occurred  at a road junction outside the busy Choithram Supermarket in the heavily populated Wellington suburb in the east of the city at about 22:00 GMT on Friday. According to Sierra Leone’s National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA),  the vehicles collided when the tanker was entering a nearby filling station to discharge its fuel.

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