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OGUN: Two die, 12 vehicles burnt in tanker explosion

TWO persons have been burnt to death while at least 12 vehicles were razed by fire in a petrol tanker explosion that occurred at Sango-Ota Old Toll Gate Plaza, along the Lagos-Abeokuta road in Ogun State.

The incident occurred early this morning, leaving three other persons with burns.

The event was confirmed by the Federal Road Safety Corps’s Ogun Sector Command spokeswoman, Florence Okpe.

According to Okpe, in a statement today, the tanker was climbing the Ilo Awele slope, next to the Abeokuta-Lagos portion of the road, when it fell around 1:30 am, spilled its contents, and caught fire.

She said, “Men of the fire service were contacted immediately and the area was cordoned off to prevent a secondary crash.

“As of 4:05 in the morning, a total of 12 vehicles were involved, which comprised three luxury buses, four tricycles, three motorcycles, one yellow bus, and a tanker.

“A total of three persons were rescued to Ota General Hospital (two male adults and one female adult), seriously burnt.

“Two bodies burnt beyond recognition have been evacuated from the scene.

“The suspected cause of the multiple crashes was mechanical deficiency. While ascending, the vehicle rolled back and got hooked. The content spilled off and there was a fire outbreak.”

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