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Tanker explosion kills five, injures two in Ogun


An explosion that rocked the Ajilete axis of the Owode-Idiroko Road, Ogun State,  Wednesday has claimed the lives of five persons, leaving two others injured.

A tanker laden with fuel was reported to be descending a sloppy road in the area when suddenly the tank fell off and burst into flames.

An eyewitness said the ill-fated truck was reportedly carrying 33,000 litres of diesel when the fatal incident happened.

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The explosion killed five persons on the spot and left two others injured.

The victims were said to be residents of the area.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Commander, Idiroko Unit, Akinwunmi Olaluwoye, confirmed the incident.

Olaluwoye said contrary to the rumour that seven persons died, only five deaths were recorded.

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Olaluwoye explained that the accident happened at 8:15 am, adding that the victims were burnt to death.

He said a bus and a motorcycle were equally razed in the explosion.

The Unit Commander disclosed that the corpses of the victims have been evacuated by the family members.

He said, “No vehicle rammed into the tanker. The tank dropped off from the back of the tanker and exploded. The number of persons involved is seven, five dead, two injured.

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“The driver had taken away the head of the truck as of the time we got there. But we have allowed the police to take charge and handle that aspect.”