The only survivor of the accident, which claimed almost 40 lives around Ugbogui, in Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State, on Friday, has died.
It was learnt on Saturday that he died on Friday around 11:15pm at the Intensive Care Unit of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.
A source said the survivor, whose name was unknown, was transferred to the ICU from the Burns Ward when his condition became critical.
The source, who craved anonymity, said, “It was obvious that his chance of survival was slim. He had 100 per cent burns and medically, it is rare for such victim to survive.
“Contrary to speculations he was the only person they brought in alive after the incident. When his case could no longer be handled at the Burns Ward, he was transferred to the ICU where he eventually died around 11:15pm on Friday.”
Meanwhile, SUNDAY PUNCH learnt that the deceased driver of the fuel-laden truck identified as Mr Saturday, had abandoned his vehicle in Lagos for many days before picking it up on Friday.
A friend of the deceased, who craved anonymity, said Saturday’s plan was to load his truck before Easter but he had to abandon the vehicle in Lagos when he could not get allocation at the depot.
He said, “He went to Lagos before Easter but was unable to load (fuel), and left the tanker in Lagos. After Easter he returned to pick up the loaded tanker, now he is dead.