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Sierra Leone: Tank truck explosion kills at least 90 people

Status: 06.11.2021 3:05 pm

At least 90 people have been killed after a tanker truck exploded in the Sierra Leone capital, Freetown. The Civil Defense Agency talks about a “terrible accident”. The death toll could rise.

More than 90 people have been killed in a tanker truck explosion in Sierra Leone. West African Vice President Mohamed Julet Jallo said 92 people had been killed and 88 injured in an accident in the capital, Freetown. As of this morning, 92 bodies had been brought there, according to Connaught Hospital. In addition, about 30 people injured with severe burns are not expected to survive.

Deputy Health Minister Amara Jambai said the death toll was at least 99. He said more than 100 of the injured were being treated at hospitals in the capital, Freetown. Earlier, the Red Cross put the number of bodies recovered after Friday’s crash at 80.

The number of victims may increase

Prima Pure Cece, head of the National Disaster Management Agency, said: “We have many victims, there are burnt bodies.”

The exact cause of the crash is not yet clear. There must have been a conflict. Accordingly, a bus collided with a tanker in Wellington, a suburb east of the capital, Freetown. According to eyewitnesses, several people rushed to the tanker after colliding with containers to evacuate petrol. After a while the truck exploded and scattered. Some shops and cars in the vicinity caught fire.

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The president shuddered

Vice President Jalo went to the scene of the accident. President of the West African government Julius Mata Bio spoke about the “terrible loss of life” when the accident occurred at the UN Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland. He tweeted that he extends his deepest condolences to the bereaved families and the disabled. The government will provide all necessary assistance to the affected families.