Residents of Ossissa and its neighbouring communities on Wednesday took turn to scoop fuel from a crashed tanker carrying 16,000 litres of petroleum product in Ndokwa East local Government Area of Delta State.
The accident occurred at Ossissa junction on the busy Asaba-Ughelli expressway with the contents gushing out.
Although the fallen tanker caused panic among the residents, they nevertheless defied fears as they scrambled to scoop fuel with buckets, jerricans and other containers of various sizes.
According to a local source, the presence of security operatives did not also deter those who scrambled for the fuel.
The source added that the driver of the il-fated tanker was trying to manoeuvre to the other side of the road when it fell.
“The tanker wanted to deliver the fuel to a petrol station in Ogwahi-Uku but unfortunately fell at the Ossissa junction.
“People are not afraid, they mediately started fetching the fuel from the tanker,” the source said.
Public Relations Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Delta State, Kenneth Ogbonna, said he was unaware of the incident, adding that he was on vacation.
However, the owner of the consignment who spoke to our correspondent on the condition of anonymity, expressed sadness over the incident.