Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway: 2 Dead, 6 Injured In Tanker Explosion

Two persons have been reported dead, while six others are injured in a fire accident involving a petroleum tanker at Bible College Bus-stop along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

The incident reportedly happened at about 11.55 p.m. on Thursday.

According to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Assistant Corps Commander in Ota, Ganiyu Akeem, 17 vehicles were burnt in the accident, which included one tanker trailer, 10 articulated vehicles, three cars, and three commercial buses.

The FRSC commander said that seven fire-fighting trucks, three from Ogun and four from Lagos, were promptly mobilised to the scene.

“Thank God, we were able to stop the vehicles coming from Lagos at the Toll-gate on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway in good time. We rescued one person and took him to Ota General Hospital.

“We also evacuated two corpses that were burnt beyond recognition and we took them in our ambulance to Ifo General Mortuary.

An official of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Adekunle Ajibade said that the fuel-laden truck was heading to Lagos from Sango-Ota when it developed a gear fault and overturned in the process.

“The driver was trying to change the gear of the vehicle and lost control. The truck overturned and caught fire immediately,” Ajibade said.

Meanwhile, the state fire service, Muinat Adeleke-Ashimi, who spoke for the Acting Director, Margaret Adeseye, confirmed the death of two people that were found around 4.00 a.m.

She said, “The petrol tanker skidded off the road, which resulted in the fire. Our men arrived at the scene at 12.14 a.m.

“The fire was extinguished around 4.00 a.m. when two casualties were found — a male and a female.”

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