- Three people have been rushed to the hospital after they were burnt by a tanker that exploded in Ogun state
- The driver of the tanker had reportedly parked the heavy duty vehicle on a sloppy road to change a flat tyre
- Unfortunately, the tanker skidded, fell and exploded with many houses getting burnt
It was a saddening Friday, February 21, as a tanker fully loaded with fuel, fell and exploded burning a woman, her daughter and a vulcaniser in the Atatun, Ijaiye-Tutun area of Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun state.
The incident was, however, confirmed by the Ogun state authorities on Saturday, February 22.
The Nation quoted the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as saying that those who were affected by the fire have been rushed to a hospital located in Abeokuta at the time of this report.
The report said the victims suffered different degrees of burns in the incident which also affected five houses and many shops.
It was learnt that the incident happened after the tanker suffered a flat tyre.
A witness who identified herself simply as Olufote, added that the tanker was parked by driver beside the road. He wanted to fix the tyre, but he did not take into cognisance the fact that the road was sloppy.
The witness said just when the driver was trying to talk to the vulcaniser about fixing the tyre, the tanker tilted and fell.
She said the vulcaniser was still working on the tyre of a motorcycle when the explosion happened.
According to her, the incident affected many houses including a worship centre for the Muslims.
Confirming the incident, Babatunde Akinbiyi, spokesperson for the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), said rescue workers later calmed the situation and put out the fire.
He also confirmed that some houses were affected adding that the driver had parked at a sloppy part of the road.
He said the explosion happened after the part that contained the fuel got detached from the vehicle as it tilted.
Legit.ng reported earlier how some people in Lagos went through a risk scooping fuel.
The report said a video to that effect had been in circulation on Twitter and showed the moment the residents of the state were trying to scoop fuel from a fallen tanker in Victoria Island.
While the real location of the video cannot be ascertained, a Twitter user with the name Danzaki Fatima said the incident happened at Bonny camp in VI.
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