Tanker explosion claims 10 lives on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

BY MAYOWA SAMUEL

Ten persons were burnt to death in Thursday after a fuel tanker exploded along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

The accident occurred around Conoil before Sagamu interchange axis of the highway.

Spokesperson of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Ogun Sector Command, Florence Okpe, confirmed the incident in Abeokuta, and the number of casualties.

According to her, vehicles involved in the accident were: a Mack truck with registration number: AKL 198 ZT, an Iveco truck with no registration number, a Mazda bus marked, FFE 361 XB, an unmarked Howo truck and the Mack tanker.

Okpe blamed the accident on speeding on the part of the Iveco truck’s driver.

She said the driver of the speeding Iveco truck had lost control of the wheels and rammed into the tanker which resulted in the fire outbreak due to leakage, adding that the Mazda bus was engulfed by the fire.

“The suspected cause of the multiple crash was excessive speed which led to lose of control on the part of the Iveco truck and smashed the tanker body which resulted to fire outbreak due to leakage.

“The Mazda bus got engulfed in the spark of the fire”, Okpe said.

She added that the burnt bodies deposited to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu.

Okpe quoted the Sector Commander FRSC Ogun Sector Command, Ahmed Umar to have commiserated with the family of the victims after visiting the scene of the incident.

She also quoted Umar to have advised motorists to drive cautiously, obey traffic rules and regulations as well as considering each other while driving.