Five Die As Tanker Burst Into Flames On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway - DE-REPORTORIAL


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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Five Die As Tanker Burst Into Flames On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun on Wednesday said five persons were confirmed dead early Wednesday as a petrol tanker burst into flames on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr. Ahmed Umar, said this in a statement he issued to newsmen in Abeokuta. 

Umar noted that the accident occurred at 4:46am around Tunji Alegi Filling Station Kwakyama area of Ogere on the expressway.

The sector commander said that the suspected cause of the incident was wrongful overtaking and dangerous driving on the part of the petrol tanker driver who collided with a moving truck and it resulted in a fire outbreak. 

He said that the five persons that died were recovered from one of the crashed trucks and were burnt beyond recognition.

He added that they had been deposited at the FOS morgue 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.

“This development called for caution as the spill has affected some other vehicles parked at the shoulder of the road,“ he said in the statement.

Umar said that a total of five vehicles were involved in the inferno and urged motorists to cooperate with traffic managers so as to reduce hours spent in the traffic gridlock.

The sector commander said that the Fire Service in Sagamu, Police Traffic Division Ogere and Gateway Police Station, Old Tollgate, Ogere have been contacted.

Meanwhile, the FRSC Ogere operatives are on the ground to manage the traffic situation in order to reduce discomfort inflicted by the development.

He said that traffic had been diverted to avoid the secondary crash and unnecessary loss of lives and property on the road.

Umar enjoined motorists to take alternative routes to avoid spending several hours in the traffic gridlock. (NAN)   

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