Some residents around St. Catherine Girls Senior School on the Aflao road in the Volta Region have stormed an accident scene to salvage some fuel for their homes. This comes after a fuel tanker run into a ditch and crushed the tank full of petroleum product.
Luckily the driver escaped harmelss but the material loss is huge and could run into thousands of Ghana Cedis. The entire content of the fuel kept gushing out and residents couldn't watch on as the fuel runs waste into the bush.
More than two dozens of people rushed to their homes to fetch pans, gallons and other containers to salvage some quantities of the fuel. You really cannot fault them for this, as the company had no chance salvaging the fuel with another vessel they could discharge into.
The cause of the accident is not yet known but some residents say the driver loss control of the steering system and could only drive off the lanes into the ditch to save lives. The truck overturned and ended with some tears on the tanker.
The driver managed to turn off the engines quickly to avoid engine flares that could inflame the spilled fuel in the process. But little cold he do to stop the fuel from spilling onto the ground.
The driver could neither stop the residents who were excitedly scooping some of the fuel from the spillage into their containers. At least it's a free day for them and they can enjoy this free fuel to power up their generator sets, water pumps and other engines.
The irony is that whiles the driver is devasted by the accident, some residents are pretty excited. Only a few looked on with empathy considering the financial inplication of such an accident to both the recieving and delivering fuel company.
At this moment, the most critical exercise is to mount a barricade around the tanker to ensure that no combusting matteria gets close to the areas. It would be disastrous should any negligence or recklessness be entertained in that area.
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