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10 die as tanker explodes in Ogun state

Ten persons were burnt beyond recognition, as well as five vehicles destroyed following tanker explosion around Conoil, before the Sagamu interchange, along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway of Ogun State

Penpushing reports that Public Education Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun Sector command, Florence Okpe, confirmed the incident on Thursday, adding that the driver of the Iveco truck which was travelling at the top speed lost control and rammed into the tanker which resulted in the fire.

The command official said vehicles involved in the accident include; 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

“The suspected cause of the multiple crash was excessive speed which led to loss 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”, she said

Penpushing further reports that, Okpe  added that as at the time of filing this report,  the corpses of the victims had being taken  to Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu, attributing  that the cause of the accident to excessive speed on the part of the Iveco truck..

“The Sector Commander FRSC Ogun Sector Command, Ahmed Umar has commiserated with the family of the victims after visiting the scene of the incident. He (Umar) also advised motorists to drive cautiously, obey traffic rules and regulations as well as consider each other while driving”, Okpe added.

Penpushing also reports that, it is recalled that similar incident occurred two months ago along the Lambe-Matogun road, in Ifo local government area of the state leading to the destruction of houses, shops and other properties.

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