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5 feared dead as petrol tanker explodes on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway



5 feared dead as petrol tanker explodes on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Ogun Sector Command, said five people died in the early hours of Wednesday as an oil tanker caught fire on the LagosIbadan highway.

State sector commander Ahmed Umar confirmed this in a statement he addressed to reporters in Abeokuta.

Mr Umar said the accident happened at 4:46 a.m. near the Tunji Alegi gas station in the Kwakyama area of ​​Ogere.

He said the cause of the crash could be unwarranted overtaking and reckless driving by the tanker driver.

According to him, the tanker collided with a moving truck, causing the fire.

The area commander said the bodies of the dead were recovered from one of the crashed trucks and burned to the point of being unrecognizable.

He added that they had been deposited in a morgue in Ipara.

“The FRSC wants to inform motorists of the fire on the Lagos-Ibadan highway that occurred in the early hours of today, involving an oil tanker loaded with Premium Motors Spirit around the Tunji Alegi gas station, in the region from Kwakyama to Ogere.

“This development calls for caution as the spill affected other vehicles parked on the shoulder of the road,” he said.

Umar said five vehicles were involved in the hell and urged motorists to cooperate with traffic managers to reduce the hours spent in traffic.

He also said firefighters from Sagamu, Ogere Police Traffic Division and Gateway Police Station, Old Tollgate, Ogere have been contacted.

He said traffic had been diverted to prevent more accidents and further loss of life and property on the road.

Mr Umar advised motorists to take alternative routes.


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