Police in Taraba on Thursday said death toll in an auto crash involving a petrol tanker and a trailer, which occurred on Wednesday afternoon in Zing town, Zing Local Government Area of the state, has risen to 10.
Police Public Relations Officer, ASP. David Missal, who gave the update in a telephone interview with our correspondent, said 20 others who sustained various degrees of injuries were receiving treatment at the General Hospital Zing and the Federal Medical Centre in Jalingo.
“We recovered eight dead bodies after the accident, but later in the evening, we discovered a burnt corpse inside one of the vehicles and this morning again, one of the injured persons died on his way to the Federal Medical Centre in Jalingo.
“So, altogether, we have recorded 10 deaths from the accident.
“I can also confirm to you that several houses and shops were burnt because the accident happened in a densely populated area, and also especially because it was on a market day,” he said.
Mr. Nyanshako Ishaya who witnessed the accident told our correspondent that a fuel tanker loaded with premium motor spirit (PMS), and heading to Yola, Adamawa State, crashed into a trailer in Zing town on a market day and burst into frames, leading to the death of many persons, while several houses and shops were also burnt.