Richard Ginika Izuora
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has confirmed three persons dead while several others were injured on Tuesday, January 19, when a petrol tanker exploded on IBB Boulevard in Abeokuta.
Ahmed Umar, the FRSC Sector Commander in Ogun, who confirmed the incident in Abeokuta, said that five vehicles and two motorcycles were burnt in the incident.
“The cause of the accident is still under investigation, we have to conduct a thorough investigation.
“It was an accident involving a tanker loaded with premium motor spirit. It fell and caught fire, affecting other vehicles.
“Our men are there with the fire service to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading further,’’ the FRSC officer said.
Mr Femi Ogunbanwo, the Commissioner for Special Duties, who was at the scene of the incident, said the government would wait for reports from relevant agencies before responding appropriately.
Ogunbanwo assured that government would take up the bill of those injured, adding that “the Governor is aware of the incident’’.
An eyewitness stated that the incident occurred at about 8.00 am.
Eyewitnesses said that the tanker which was coming from the Kuto flyover lost control; while descending and fell, spilling its content and catching fire.