A heavy duty fuel tanker that was said to be heading to the Brikama Electricity Power Plant yesterday evening somersaulted at the main Airport Junction in Yundum.
The tanker, according to eyewitnesses, collided with a double cabin pickup that was coming from the Kombo Coastal Road Highway.
Though there was no casualty, the authorities swiftly moved to the incident to prevent further spillage of fuel, which was said to be about 20,000 litres. It could have been worst if the fuel was a light fuel, said many eyewitnesses.
The incident caused traffic jam as security officers took charge to control the flow of traffic at the busy junction as the incident happened during rush hour, when people were closing from work.
In an interview with the Daily Observer at the site of the incident, Lt. Col. Alhagie Sanneh, the Executive Director of the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) said the spillage of the fuel could cause further havoc and catastrophe if not contained in time. He used the interview to remind drivers to be aware of the traffic rules at all times.
Momodou Jama Suwareh of the National Environment Agency said heavy duty fuel has a lot of hazardous chemicals and need to be contained to disallow further spillage on the highway as well as the roadsides. “We want to make surehumans and animals are safe from the consequences of the fuel spillage,” he told the Daily Observer.
Also present at the site of the incident was Musa B Suso, Deputy Governor West Coast Region.
by Alieu Ceesay