It was indeed a bloody day in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State, as reports reaching this medium have it that not less than nine students of Army Children Primary School were allegedly killed by a tanker conveying fuel otherwise known as Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) rammed into them.
Though information about the incident was still sketchy at the time of filing the report, the petrol truck is said to be conveying the product to an undisclosed location.
Infonet9ja.com gathered that others who severely sustained were reportedly rushed to the military hospital inside the General David Ejoor Barracks, Effurun and Central Hospital, Warri respectively.
Sources said 12 pupils were rushed to the Central Hospital, Warri for medical attention, but unconfirmed reports coming from the hospital had it that nine of the pupils brought to the hospital were confirmed dead on arrival.
Others were said to have been referred to the Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH), Oghara where they have the facility and manpower to attend to them, after being stabilised.
Three out of the pupils involved in the incident were siblings from the same parents.
Information has it that the school children were returning home after school hours, when the unfortunate incident happened.
A combined team of the Nigerian Army, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and other security agencies made frantic efforts to recover other pupils believed to be trapped under the tanker as officials of the State Fire Service swiftly moved to the scene to forestall any fire outbreak.
Delta Police spokesman, DSP Bright Edafe, confirmed the death of six pupils, but could not confirm immediately, the number of the affected children.
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Edafe further stated that the whereabouts of the driver of the truck was still unknown at the time of filing the report, assuring that the police which had started investigation into the matter will definitely fish out the driver of the vehicle.