MORE than 100 people
sustained various degrees
of injury when a gas tanker
exploded at a spot near
the Takoradi Technical
University (TTU) on
the Takoradi-Sekondi
main road on Monday.
The injured, including
four firemen, three Motor
Traffic and Transport
Department (MTTD)
officials and a newspaper
vendor, were rushed to the
Effia-Nkwanta Regional
and the GPHA hospitals
in the Sekondi/Takoradi
metropolis for attention. The
explosion, which occurred
about 7 a.m., led to a fourhour
traffic jam and sent
defeaning sound waves
which reportedly broke
louvre blades in homes some
metres away from the scene
of the explosion. The tanker,
which belongs to Lambark
Gas Limited, a downstream
petroleum company in
Accra, is said to have
arrived in the metropolis
yesterday morning from
Tema with about 30,000
tonnes of liquefied
petroleum gas (LPG).
According to eyewitnesses,
the explosion occurred
during the discharge of
gas into the receptacles of
GHUMCO for its operation.
They said after the vehicle
had arrived early yesterday
morning, the driver and the
clerk started the process of
offloading the gas into the
two giant LPG receptacles
in the yard of GHUMCO
without any difficulty. But
shortly afterwards, a smaller
receptacle began leaking
profusely, which eventually
led to a fire outbreak.Before
the outbreak, the officials
of the company had alerted
the Ghana National Fire
Service (GNFS) and the
police to the leakage and
the traffic jam in the vicinity.
Shortly after the arrival
of the firemen and the
police, they ordered the
nearby Total, Shell and
gas fuel stations to switch
off their pumps and
evacuate. According to the
eyewitnesses, in a moment
there was an explosion with
a thunderous sound that sent
people in the vicinity running
for their lives. Unfortunately,
some were caught up in
the fire as the fireball that
followed the explosion came
down. It took firemen, with
support from personnel
of the Ghana Navy, the
GPHA, the Ghana National
Ambulance Service and the
Ghana Air Force, less than
an hour to put out the fire.

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