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Road tanker crash and blaze in Nigeria kills at least 69

02 June 2015

A runaway oil tanker exploded in a crowded bus station in southern Nigeria, setting ablaze a dozen buses carrying passengers and killing 69 people, the country's Red Cross and police said on June 1. Nigeria Red Cross Chairman Peter Emeka Kathy said about 30 other victims had been hospitalised with severe burns. 

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He said the truck was traveling down a hill when its brakes failed and it ploughed into the bus station at Onitsha, Anambra state, before exploding. Firefighters brought the blaze under control after an hour.

Nigeria has the highest road accident rate in the world, as well as the largest number of deaths per 10,000 vehicles, according to a report by the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute. It said road accidents are the third-leading cause of all deaths in the West African nation, which is the continent's biggest oil producer.

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