Two persons were on Thursday morning, burnt to death, three others injured and 12 vehicles gutted 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 was confirmed to newsmen by the Public Education Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps ( FRSC) in Ogun, Mrs Florence Okpe.
Okpe explained in the statement that the tanker was ascending the Ilo Awele slope, adjoining the Abeokuta-Lagos section of the expressway, when it fell around 1:30 am, spilt its content, and went up in flames.
“FRSC carried out a rescue operation at about 1:30 am Thursday morning involving a Tanker laden with PMS while ascending Ilo Awela slope adjoining Abeokuta– Lagos section of the expressway, fell and went into flame”, the statement read.
“Men of the fire service were contacted immediately and the area was cordoned to prevent a secondary crash.
“As at 4: 05 am, a total of 12 vehicles were involved. They comprised three luxurious 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.”
She noted that the suspected cause of the multiple crashes was mechanical deficiency.
Two bodies burnt beyond recognition have been evacuated from the scene.