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100 people died today afternoon after an overturned oil tanker exploded as people tried to scoop oil from it.

Ninety-three people died on the spot while two others died on their way to the hospital, the official said.

The tanker collapsed as it was trying to avoid a collision with three oncoming vehicles including a bus, said Kayode Olagunju, sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission in the southern Rivers state.

The tanker swerved as it was trying to avoid a collision with three oncoming vehicles including a bus, said Kayode Olagunju, sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission in the southern Rivers state.

Residents said that shortly after the collision hundreds of locals flocked to the site to collect the spilling fuel.

Many of those killed were motorcycle taxi operators, known locally as “Okada”, who raced to fill up their tanks after learning of the crash.

Olagunju said at least 34 motorcycles were destroyed in the blaze.

By UP