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A tanker explosion which occurred at Araromi, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Thursday morning has claimed the lives of 10 persons.

The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun, Mr Ahmed Umar, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Abeokuta.

He noted that two fuel-laden tankers, two trucks, and one bus were involved in the explosion.

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Further breakdown of the vehicles was given as a Mack truck marked 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.

He said, “Driver of the Iveco truck, who was travelling at the top speed lost control and rammed into the tanker, which resulted in a fire outbreak due to leakage”.

He added that the Mazda bus was engulfed by the fire, saying that all those that died were in the bus.

“The suspected cause of the multiple crashes was excessive speed which led to the loss of control on the part of the Iveco truck and smashed the tanker body which resulted to a fire outbreak due to leakage”, he said.

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Umar said the burnt persons were taken to Olabisi Onabanjo Teaching Hospital in Sagamu while some of the burnt vehicles were towed off the road.


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