Over 60 people perished after they were drawing petrol from an oil tanker that was involved in an accident at Morogoro in Tanzania.
According to authorities the tanker veered off the road rolling several times at Msamvu area in Morogoro, Tanzania attracting locals to rush with their jericanes and motorbikes to draw petrol.
According to Morogoro Regional Commissioner Wilbroad Mutafungwa, the tanker was ferrying petrol from Dar-es-Salaam to Dodoma according to preliminary findings before the accident occured.
Mutafungwa revealed that locals rushed to the scene of accident to get free petrol that costs their lives in a painful way.
“The surroundings are residential areas so many people rushed after a spread of the news and they fetched petrol before hell broke loose,” he revealed.
The authorities were by mid-morning Saturday ferrying the badly burnt bodies to Morogoro regional hospital morgue.
Ordered to surrender stolen petrol
“I understand locals have stolen a lot of petrol from the tanker, I order them to surrender whatever amount they have stolen to avoid more ugly scenario, we are currently conducting a house to house operation to confiscate the stolen petrol,” he said.
[The scene of Tanzania oil tanker inferno. Photo/courtesy].
He warned locals against approaching the accident scene or risk punishment.
On her part Morogoro regional hospital Chief doctor Rita Lyamuya confirmed that the hospital received 60 bodies as by 11 am Saturday.
He said 60 other victims are receiving urgent treatment 52 being male and 8 female.
Over 60 percent burns
“Most of the victims sustained upto 60 percent burns in their bodies but we have mobilized our specialists to manage the situation considering that it is a weekend,” noted Ms Rita.
It is believed that the death toll may rise since some were still trapped under the oil tanker.
Boda boda operators were the mostly affected by the inferno.