No fewer than six persons were confirmed dead yesterday as a tanker laden with fuel ran into two tricycles at Ntak Inyang village in Akwa Ibom State.
The accident was said to have occurred few kilometres to Uyo, the state capital.
The truck caught fire and burnt down the two tricycles and their passengers.
Akwa Ibom State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. Ogah Ochi, confirmed the accident, saying a preliminary investigation conducted by the officers of the corps indicated that two trucks were involved in the accident.
He added that the second truck that caused the accident ran away.
“Actually six people died – one female and five males. A detailed investigation will come out by tomorrow. Our investigators have gone there and the preliminary report they have given confirms that two trucks were actually involved in the crash, but one escaped.
“The truck that actually caused the accident ran away. The one that got burnt was trying to veer off from the truck that was overtaking which caused it to ram into two tricycles,” Ochi said.