Two persons were confirmed dead and six others injured in a fire accident involving a petroleum tanker at Bible College Bus-stop along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway on Thursday night.
The Assistant Corps Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Otta, Ganiyu Akeem, told newsmen that 17 vehicles were also burnt in the accident that happened around 11.55 p.m. on Thursday night.
He said the incident happened when the lone tanker fell and spilt its inflammable content into the drainage channel.
He said the tanker ignited the fire that burnt many vehicles.
Akeem said 17 vehicles were affected, which include one tanker trailer, 10 articulated vehicles three cars and three commercial buses.
Our correspondent who visited the scene of the accident in the early hours of Friday report that parts of the premises of the FRSC at the Sango Toll Gate, were also affected.
Also, Mr Adekunle Ajibade, the Sango-Ota Area Divisional Commander of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), said that the fuel-laden truck was heading to Lagos from Sango-Ota when it developed a gear fault and overturned in the process.
“The driver was trying to change the gear of the vehicle and lost control.
“The truck overturns and caught fire immediately,’’ Ajibade said.
FRSC commander, Akeem said that on receiving a call from his men, “I called the Chief Fire Officer at Ado-Odo, Ota and he responded promptly.
“Seven fire-fighting trucks were on the ground, three from Ogun and four from Lagos.
“Thank God, we were able to stop the vehicles coming from Lagos at the Toll-gate on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway in good time.
“We rescued one person and took him to Ota General Hospital.
“We also evacuated two corpses that were burnt beyond recognition and we took them in our ambulance to Ifo General Mortuary.
By our Correspondent