5 killed as petrol tanker explodes on Lagos-Ibadan expressway


Five people have been killed in a petrol tanker explosion on Lagos-Ibadan expressway in the early hours of Wednesday.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Ogun command confirmed the incident, in a statement to NAN.


Ahmed Umar, the state sector command, said the accident happened at 4:46 am near Tunji Alegi filling station, Kwakyama area, Ogere.


Umar said the cause of the accident could be wrong overtaking and dangerous driving on the part of the petrol tanker driver.

He said the petrol tanker collided with a moving truck resulting in the fire which affected at least five vehicles.

He said the bodies of the dead persons were recovered from one of the crashed trucks and were burnt beyond recognition.

He added that the corpses have been deposited at a mortuary in Ipara.

“The FRSC wishes to inform the motoring public of the fire incident on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway which occurred in the early hours of today, involving a petrol tanker laden with premium motors spirit (PMS) around Tunji Alegi Filling Station, Kwakyama Area of Ogere,” he said.

“This development calls for caution as the spill has affected some other vehicles parked at the shoulder of the road.”

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