Three killed, several houses destroyed as petrol tanker explodes in Ogun state

Three killed, several houses destroyed as petrol tanker explodes in Ogun state

- A petrol-laden tanker fell and exploded at Atatun, Ijaiye-Tutun along Alamala Barracks in Abeokuta, Ogun state killing three people

- An eyewitness who identified herself as Olufote said the tanker driver alighted from the vehicle to fix a flat tyre when the tanker tilted and exploded

- The witness noted that a Mosque and some houses were burnt by the fire incident

Three persons were burnt to death when a petrol-laden tanker fell and exploded at Atatun, Ijaiye-Tutun along Alamala Barracks in Abeokuta, Ogun state.

The Tribune, citing an eyewitness account, reports that the incident occurred after the tanker driver parked beside a sloppy part of the road to fix a flat tyre.

The witness who identified herself as Olufote, said not long after the driver alighted from the vehicle, the tanker tilted and exploded beacuse it was parked on a slop.

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She said a Mosque and some houses were burnt by the fire. The witness disclosed that the victims of the fire are currently at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba.

Meanwhile, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Katsina State, has attributed high rates of road crashes on highways to low level of literacy among motorists.

Ali Tanimu, the Sector Commander stated this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Katsina.

He said that most drivers do not understand the Highway Code.

‘’They either don’t buy them or they do not care to read and understand it. Most of the crashes are avoidable if the motorists will abide by the laid down traffic rules and regulations,’’ he said.

The sector commander said that most drivers don’t know where to overtake, thereby causing accidents on the highways.

’Due to the nature of our roads, some drivers overtake on a bridge, sharp bends or hilly areas where they cannot see far distance. ‘’In most cases, what will happen is either the vehicle will jump into the bridge or it will have a head-on collision with another vehicle,’’ he said.

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Tanimu further said that making phone calls while driving also contributes to high rates of accidents on highways.

‘’Some of the drivers even went to the extent of checking or writing SMS text messages while driving, and the worst part of it, is that the passengers will just keep quiet,’’ he said

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