Tanker explosion kills two, destroys 13 vehicles on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

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A tanker explosion claimed two lives and destroyed six tankers, five trucks and two cars on Tuesday at Ogere on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed the incident.

The FRSC Sector Commander in Ogun State, Mr Ahmed Umar, had earlier told newsmen that the tanker explosion happened at about 6.20 a.m. on Tuesday.

The explosion occurred in front of Romona trailer park on the expressway.

“The fire is serious, six tankers, five trucks and two cars were burnt in the explosion,” Umar said.

He explained that one person had so far been rescued and taken to a private hospital in Ogere, Ogun State, adding that the deceased had been taken away by their relatives for burial.

Meanwhile, the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) have advised motorists plying the road to use alternative routes.

TRACE spokesman, Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, explained that the tanker which was laden with fuel suddenly burst into flames affecting other vehicles.

“Vehicles moving inbound Lagos should go through Saapade-Ode/Remo-Iperu-Sagamu to relink Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

“In addition, vehicles moving inbound Ibadan should also go through Sagamu-Iperu-Ode/Remo-Saapade to relink Lagos-Ibadan Expressway,” Akinbiyi said.

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