Updated: 2 confirmed dead, vehicles, motorcycles, houses destroyed as petrol tanker falls, burns in Ibadan

After a tanker conveying Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) fell along the way and spilled its content on Sawmill Bridge, Onipepeye area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, two persons have been reported dead.

The incident, which started at about 2p.m., also destroyed six vehicles, more than 10 motorcycles and many houses, according to Nation.

Safe for the timely intervention of the men of the state fire service, the situation would have resulted in a likely explosion from a nearby gas station around the Onipepeye area as a result of the fuel spill, which also extended to parts of the Onipepeye area.

According to sources, motorists and commuters scampered for safety when the tanker driver coming from Lagos axis end of the expressway lost control of the vehicle just after the Sawmill Bridge.

A witness, who identified himself as Abbey, said: “It was the fuel spill from the tanker at the main road that caused the fire that sparked from under Onipepeye Bridge. Before we could know what happened, we heard a big explosion. It was terrifying. There were tick flames everywhere. In the process, people started running away from the scene. Two persons were so unlucky, as they were burnt beyond recognition.

”We called the fire service personnel to come and rescue the situation before the fire started. But it took them more than 40 minutes before they arrived. And by the time they got here, the fire had already burnt the two people to death.

“The victims were inside a car, trying to navigate their way to the main expressway. They should be coming from either Gbagi market or Gate axis. We did not recognise any of them. As you can see, they are burnt beyond recognition with all their personal belongings also burnt with them.”

Assistant Director, Oyo State Fire Service Mr. Isiaka Adeleke said his men raced to the scene of the incident immediately they received the call.

He confirmed that the tanker fell down while its content spilled on the highway, leaving no fewer than six vehicles burnt.

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