10 burnt to Death, 3 vehicles razed as tanker explodes on Lagos-Ibadan expressway

Our reporter| A tanker laden with fuel exploded on Thursday morning around the Sagamu axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway killing ten 10 persons.

The explosion occurred around Araromi town, after Conoil filling station towards Sagamu Interchange on the outward Lagos section of the expressway.

According to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Sector Commander in Ogun State, Ahmed Umar, two fuel-laden tankers, two trucks, and one bus were involved in the explosion.

Three of the vehicles were burnt in the inferno.

Umar further disclosed that while 12 persons were involved in the inferno, 10 persons were burnt to death while two occupants of the vehicles escaped.

The FRSC official added there is a possibility of discovering more casualties as recovery efforts is ongoing.

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Umar said the burnt persons were taken to Olabisi Onabanjo Teaching Hospital in Sagamu while some of the burnt vehicles were towed off the road leaving the two tankers for the fuel content to be transloaded.

He said while the cause of the incident remained unknown, eyewitnesses attributed it to over speeding by one truck that lost control to smash the body of the tanker.


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