Mohamed Lamrane Bah, director of communications for Sierra Leone’s Nationwide Catastrophe Administration Company (NDMA), informed CNN that a number of folks had been additionally in crucial situation following the explosion.
Authorities have transferred injured folks to hospitals and picked up the our bodies, and the rescue effort on the scene has ended, Bah added.
The explosion occurred after two automobiles collided on the freeway whereas the gas tanker was about to enter a close-by filling station to discharge its gas, the NDMA mentioned in an announcement posted to Fb on Saturday afternoon.
“Footage and eyewitnesses intimated that whereas the collision happened, each drivers got here out of their automobiles and warned neighborhood residents to remain off the scene whereas making an attempt to handle a leakage emanating from the collision,” the assertion mentioned. It added that whereas that was occurring, “some neighborhood members rushed to the scene and took benefit of the leakage to scoop gas and retailer it in close by makeshift constructions.”
“In the reason for scooping the gas, there was a serious explosion that resulted within the hearth catastrophe that occurred,” it mentioned.
The NDMA instantly visited the scene and coordinated emergency response with companions. Ambulances had been assembled to take corpses and people in crucial conditions to varied hospitals in Freetown.
There have been 92 folks admitted to hospitals inside Freetown, the NDMA assertion mentioned.
Freetown Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr mentioned in an announcement on Fb that she was “saddened to listen to about an explosion alongside Bai Bureh Highway, Wellington, after a truck carrying gas collided with one other truck.”
“The video and photograph footage making rounds on social media are harrowing,” Aki-Sawyerr added.
“My sympathies exit to the households and family members of the victims of the explosion. Could the souls of the departed relaxation in good peace.”