Delta State Government honours Driver Of Burning Fuel Tanker For Heroism
The Delta State government, presented a letter of commendation, an award plaque, and a cheque of Two Million Naira, to Mr. Ejiro Otarigho, a tanker driver, for his display of heroism as he drove a burning tanker away to a safe place in Agbarho, Ughelli North LGA.
The Secretary to the State Government, Chief Patrick Ukah, who made the presentation on behalf of the State Government commended Mr. Otarigho for his bravery and heroism in averting a major disaster that could have resulted in the death of many in the area.
Ejiro Otarigho, the heroic driver, who drove a burning fuel tanker 500 metres to “safety”, said he wanted to plunge the burning tanker into the river, but that the steering got stuck.
“There was just one thought on my mind and that was to plunge the burning tanker into a river nearby,” Otarigho said
He narrated his experience to BBC: ”My [assistant] was the one who alerted me to the fact that our tanker was on fire. It was a scary ball of fire.”
Mr. Ejiro said he had just offloaded some of the contents of the tanker and was heading towards another point when tragedy struck.
With no time to waste, he told his assistant to get off and he sped off in the burning tanker amidst shrieks of fear and dismay from onlookers.
In the dangerous incident, any slight error of judgement from Mr. Otarigho or, a sudden explosion, could have resulted in total disaster.
“My intention was to drive to the river. When I got there the car steering got stuck and I couldn’t move any further.
“I said if I drive straight, the truck may fall and that may cause another problem. So I just have to park in the open space.”
Mr. Otarigho finally got the tanker to safety and onlookers can be seen in one of the videos dragging him away.