Many students were feared dead on Thursday after a petroleum products tanker crushed several students of Army Children Primary School, Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.
It was gathered that the students were returning home from school when the tanker, laden with petroleum product, ran into them.
NIGER DELTA TODAY (NDT) Online gathered that about nine students have so far been confirmed dead while others were rushed to the Central Hospital Warri and military hospital inside the Effurun Barrack for medical treatment.
The accident occurred at about 3pm directly opposite the Gen. David Ejoor Barrack of the Nigerian Army in Effurun near Warri.
Our correspondent who visited the scene of the incident gathered that 12 students were rushed to the Central Hospital Warri.
Of the 12 rushed to Central Hospital, nine of the pupils crushed by the tanker were confirmed dead on arrival while three others were referred to the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara, after being stabilised.
A joint team of the Nigerian Army, FRSC and other security agencies were seen making frantic efforts to recover the remaining pupils still trapped under the tanker.
The popular Effurun/NPA Road has been blocked to vehicular movement while firefighters have been drafted to the scene to prevent fire outbreak.
The exact number of pupils involved in the accident was yet to be ascertained at the time of filing this report while parents were seen rushing to the scene of the accident.
A crane has been drafted to the scene to pull off the tanker to recover pupils still being trapped under the petroleum tanker while the Delta State Government was being awaited to give an official reaction to the development.
More details later…