Five Burnt To Death In Ogun Tanker Explosion

Five persons have been burnt to death while two others sustained varying degrees of injuries in an explosion at Ajilete axis of the Owode-Idiroko Road in Ogun State.

Our correspondent gathered that the incident happened on Wednesday when the fuel-laden tanker was descending the sloppy road in the area but suddenly had its tank fell off and went up in flames.

An eyewitness said the ill-fated truck was reportedly carrying 33,000 litres of diesel when the fatal incident happened.

The PUNCH learnt that the explosion killed five persons on the spot and left two others injured and the victims were residents of the area.

The Federal Road Safety Corps Commander, Idiroko Unit, Akinwunmi Olaluwoye, confirmed the incident.

Olaluwoye explained that the accident happened at about 8:15am, adding that the victims were burnt to death.

He said a bus and a motorcycle were equally razed in the explosion.

The unit commander disclosed that corpses of the victims have been taken over by the family members.

He said, “No vehicle rammed into the tanker. The tank dropped off from the back of the tanker and exploded. The number of persons involved are seven, five dead, two injured.

“The driver had taken away the head of the truck as at the time we got there. We have allowed the police to take charge and handle that aspect.”

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