Three persons are suffering varying degrees of burns after a petrol-laden tanker fell and exploded at Atatun, Ijaiye-Tutun along Alamala Barracks Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The victims who were: a mother and daughter of a village head in the area, and a vulcaniser were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta.
About five houses and several shops reportedly got burnt to ashes in the incident that occurred on Friday evening, February 21, 2020.
An eyewitness identified as Mrs Olufote told Saturday PUNCH that the incident happened when the fuel tanker suffered a flat tyre.
She said the driver parked beside the road to fix the flat tyre unaware that it was at a sloppy area, and as he alighted from the vehicle to negotiate with a vulcaniser beside the road, the tanker tilted and the container fell.
The spokesperson for the State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the incident, noting that the fire was later put out after some houses had been burnt to ashes.
He said the tanker driver mistakenly parked at a sloppy place while fixing his vehicle’s tyre, so the container detached from the hook, fell and exploded.