10 feared dead as tanker explodes on Lagos-Ibadan expressway
Scene of the incident

About 10 persons were said to have lost their lives on Thursday morning around the Sagamu axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway following a tanker explosion.

The explosion occurred around 1am today around Araromi town, after Conoil filling station towards Sagamu Interchange on the outward Lagos section of the expressway.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Sector Commander in Ogun State, Ahmed Umar, said that two fuel-laden tankers, two trucks, and one bus were involved in the explosion.

Umar said three of the vehicles were burnt in the inferno.

He also said while 12 persons were involved in the inferno, 10 persons were burnt to death while two occupants of the vehicles escaped.

The FRSC official added there is a possibility of discovering more casualties as recovery efforts is ongoing.

First responders including firefighters were seen at the scene as of the time of filing this reports.

Umar said the burnt persons where taken to Olabisi Onabanjo Teaching Hospital in Sagamu while some of the burnt vehicles were towed off the road leaving the two tankers for the fuel content to be transloaded.

He said while the cause of the incident remained unknown, eyewitnesses attributed it to over speeding by one trucks who lost control to smash the body of the tanker.

 

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