By Oladosu Oluwagbenga
A tanker explosion early on Thursday morning at the Ilo Awela section of the Sango Toll gate on the Lagos-Abeokuta road left two people fatally burned, three others maimed, and 12 vehicles damaged.
The incident was confirmed to news reporters in Abeokuta by Mrs. Florence Okpe, the Public Education Officer for the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun.
“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.
“Men of the fire service were contacted immediately and the area was cordoned to prevent secondary crash.
“As at 4: 05 am, a total of 12 vehicles were involved. They comprised of 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 adult and only female adult seriously burnt.
“Two bodies burnt beyond recognition have been evacuated from the scene,” she said.
She added that “the suspected cause of the multiple crashes was mechanical deficiency.”