Tragedy struck in the West African country of Sierra Leone on Friday, November 5 after a huge explosion involving a fuel tanker killed 99 people.
According to reports, the incident occurred in the country’s capital city Freetown when a tanker collided with a lorry at a busy intersection, spilling fuel onto the road before igniting, Unilad reported.
ALERT: At least 91 people killed as a fuel tanker exploded in a suburb of the Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown. pic.twitter.com/FTmNI82jEZ
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Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, mayor of the port city, said in a post on Facebook, that victims are the people who had flocked to collect fuel leaking from the vehicle.
Aki-Sawyerr further expressed his condolences to the families and loved ones of the 99 people that have passed on, as they begin to come to terms with their loss.