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Tanker explosion kills two, causes huge damage at toll gate

A petrol tanker has exploded and covered in flames at the Sango toll gate area on the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.

Two persons were reported dead, while 12 vehicles were also affected in the inferno that occurred in the early hours of the day.

Mrs Florence Okpe, the Public Education Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps ( FRSC) in Ogun confirmed the incident to newsmen in Abeokuta.

“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”.

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