April 18, 2024

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17 Persons Die As Tanker Catches Fire In Ogun

No fewer than 17 persons were burnt to death as a tanker caught fire on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in Ogun state on February 18. According to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the accident happened around 5 am before Isara bridge.

The spokesperson of the FRSC in Ogun, Florence Okpe, explained that 14 of the bodies were burnt beyond recognition. She added that the FRSC operatives were able to identify one man, one woman, and a girl. Her words: “The total number of people involved is not ascertained, but a total of 17 bodies ( killed) have been identified. “One male, one female, and one female child only have been identified, while others were burnt beyond recognition.”

According to Okpe, the tanker had a head-on collision with a Mazda bus marked, ZT728 KLD. She said “the suspected causes of the fatal crash were route violation and dangerous driving, which resulted to head-on collision and fire outbreak.” Commenting, the Ogun FRSC sector commander, Ahmed Umar, said the crash was an avoidable one. Umar urged caution and obedience to traffic rules and regulations just as he commiserated with the families of the victims, enjoining them to contact the FRSC office in Ogere for more information about the crash.