Three persons were
roasted to death while several others received
various degrees of fire burns when a petrol tanker exploded at Ibafo,
Ogun State on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Tuesday night.
Witnesses said the tanker fell when the tyre was damaged by a pothole.
It was gathered that another truck was brought to transload the petroleum product.
A witness said: “While the owners of the tanker were transloading the
product believed to be petrol, a commercial bus driver whose vehicle
was smoking passed by and the tanker exploded, killing seven persons
while many others were burnt.
“Those mostly affected were petrol black market dealers on the
roadside. The incident happened Tuesday night and travellers were
trapped in traffic gridlock that occurred till Wednesday morning”
The Assistant Corps Commander, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC),
Mowe Unit, Mr Dare Ogunjobi, said the command was yet to ascertain the
casualty figure in the incident.
He said: “After clearing the traffic, we are going to visit some of
the hospitals in the neighbourhood to ascertain the number and
identities of victims and the death casualty. As at now we have not
received any report on the casualties.”
A driver said: “We rushed some victims including Abdullahi Umar,
Issa Yahaya, Sallah Muhammed and Adam to a private hospital in the
community, the doctor was demanding for N100,000 each for
(Source: Daily Sun)