Fuel tanker blast in Sierra Leone capital causes deaths, accidents

Fuel tanker exploded after a collision in Freetown, inflicting quite a few casualties, in line with an announcement by the mayor.

A gasoline tanker has exploded following a collision within the capital of Sierra Leone, inflicting quite a few casualties, the central morgue and native authorities mentioned.

The authorities has not but confirmed the dying toll, however the supervisor of the central state morgue in Freetown mentioned it had obtained 91 our bodies following the explosion on Friday.

The explosion happened after a bus struck the tanker in Wellington, a suburb simply to the east of Freetown.

Victims included individuals who had flocked to gather gasoline leaking from the ruptured automobile, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, mayor of the port metropolis, mentioned in a publish on Facebook.

Several badly burned victims lay on the streets as fireplace blazed by means of retailers and homes close by, social media pictures confirmed, though the Reuters information company was not instantly capable of independently confirm the clips.

“The video and photo footage making rounds on social media are harrowing,” Aki-Sawyerr mentioned. “There are rumours that more than 100 people have lost their lives.”

The extent of injury to property was as but unknown, the mayor mentioned, including that police and her deputy have been on the scene to help catastrophe administration officers.

“We’ve got so many casualties, burned corpses,” mentioned Brima Bureh Sesay, head of the National Disaster Management Agency, in a video from the scene shared on-line. “It’s a terrible, terrible accident.”

President Julius Maada Bio, who was in Scotland attending the United Nations local weather talks on Saturday, deplored the “horrendous loss of life”.

“My profound sympathies with families who have lost loved ones and those who have been maimed as a result,” he wrote on Twitter.