Four die in tanker explosion

Four persons were burnt beyond recognition yesterday when a fuel-laden tanker fell and exploded around Fidiwo area on the Lagos- Ibadan Expressway. Two others were seriously injured in the accident which occurred about 2.28 p.m. on the ever-busy highway.

It was learnt that two tankers were involved in the accident which sparked inferno that raged for over two hours. Witnesses said the four victims, who lost their lives, were trapped inside one of the fuel tankers marked FFA 752 XA after it fell on its side and caught fire.

The tanker driver, said to be travelling to Ibadan, lost control while attempting to overtake another fuel tanker, forcing it to fall in the process. Firefighters and other rescue personnel stormed the scene and their timely intervention saved the other tanker from catching fire. The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Cmmission (FRSC), Clement Oladele, and the Public Relations Officer of Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the incident yesterday. Oladele said efforts were being made to trans-load the content of the rescued tanker because it was already leaking as a result of accident’s impact.

He said: “The incident occurred when the burnt tanker with marked FFA 752 XA brushed the other tanker by the side while overtaking it. “This resulted to loss of control and subsequent crash with the resultant impact of fire outbreak on both vehicles.”

The FRSC boss added that only one body was seen at the scene of the accident. But Akinbiyi said four persons trapped inside the tanker were burnt beyond recognition while two others escaped with varying degrees of burns. He said the report of TRACE personnel at the scene of the crash confirmed that four died while the injured were taken to the hospital.

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