10 dead, three vehicles burnt as tanker explodes on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

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Ten persons were on early Thursday, 20 October 2022 burnt to death when a tanker exploded around the Sagamu area of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

It was learnt that the explosion happened around 1 am around Araromi town, after Conoil filling station towards Sagamu Interchange on the outward Lagos section of the expressway.

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Sector Commander in Ogun State, Ahmed Umar, told Channels Television that two fuel-laden tankers, two trucks, and one bus were involved in the explosion.
Umar said three of the vehicles were burnt in the inferno.

He also said while 12 persons were involved in the inferno, 10 persons were burnt to death while two occupants of the vehicles escaped.

The FRSC official added there is a possibility of discovering more casualties as recovery efforts is ongoing.
First responders including firefighters were seen at the scene as of the time of filing this report.

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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 leaving the two tankers for the fuel content to be transloaded.

He said while the cause of the incident remained unknown, eyewitnesses attributed it to over speeding by one truck who lost control to smash the body of the tanker.

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