Several reports trickled in from the huge explosion at Atomic Junction, close to the busy Madina Zongo Junction in Accra.Intense fire gutted the Mansco Gas Filling station last Saturday and the horrifying explosion has lead to one person been confirmed dead with several others injured.
Images taken meters from the explosion show a huge ball of fire towering into the Saturday night sky.
Traffic on the main Accra Central to Aburi road has been diverted as firefighters battled the raging fire.
Eye-witnesses say the explosion struck when a gas tanker was offloading its contents at a station and the fire instantly spread to a fuel station opposite the gas filling station.
Ferocious fireballs flew into the air changing the skyline and turning it into a hazy cloud.
In June 2015, over a hundred of lives were lost amidst fire and rain at the GOIL filling station in Accra popularly referred to as the June 3 disaster.
The recent gas explosion occurred at the gas filling station at Atomic Junction in Accra and the news of the deceased was confirmed by the Deputy Director of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Abu Ramadan.“The deceased jumped from an overpass footbridge because he panicked over the explosion,” he said adding that several others who were injured have been rushed to the hospital.
The National Disaster Management Organisation and the police took the body away.
As reported earlier, 1 person died from jumping last night but according to the doctors at the 37 Military Hospital and Korle-Bu hospital reveal 7 people are dead as of today with 132 others severely injured.
Three people, said to be students of the University of Ghana, were knocked down by a commercial vehicle last night but the extent of their injuries is not certain.
A report from the University of Ghana Hospital also revealed that several injured victims were being treated and because it’s quite a small place, some of the seriously injured victims have been transferred to Korle Bu and the 37 Military hospitals.
Meanwhile, due to the
#AtomicExplosion, this little girl ( Precious) can’t find her relatives.
Deputy Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah and National Security Minister Albert Kan Dapaah were later seen at the scene of the disaster although hundreds of residents in and around Madina, Atomic Junction and a section of the main campus of the University of Ghana, Legon have fled their homes following the explosion that occurred at a gas station.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has shared his condolences with the families wishing them well and assuring them of support whereas Vice President Dr. Bawumia has been touring the hospitals to see the victims including one firefighter who was also reported injured by the explosion.