Fuel tanker explosion in Abeokuta kills one, destroy vehicles
Fuel laden tanker explosion in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital on Tuesday destroyed many vehicles while one person was feared killed by the inferno, according to a Punch Newspaper report.
The newspaper reported that the incident occurred around 8:15 am on Tuesday on the Presidential Boulevard Road around Guarantee Trust Bank opposite Lawson Group School, Kuto, Abeokuta.
The explosion, which reportedly involved a 33,000-fuel laden tanker, happened due to a brakes failure.
The fuel truck which was coming from Sagamu-Siun-Oke-Mosan Road climbed the overhead bridge but suddenly lost control while descending from the bridge .
The tanker hit a motorcycle that was in motion and rammed into some commercial vehicles waiting for passengers at the end of the bridge.
Shortly after it rammed into the scores of the vehicles, it exploded.
The fire which spread to a few offices around the place caused panic as many motorists started making reverse to avoid being caught up in the explosion.
There was anxiety over the fate of some pupils who were in the vehicles around the place and in the school premises opposite the scene of explosion.
As of the time of filing this report, some officials of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps were seen at the scene controlling the traffic.
Officials of the fire services were still being expected at the scene.