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Seven people die in Petrol tanker explosion in Ogun State

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Seven people were killed following a petrol tanker explosion in Nigeria’s southwestern state of Ogun on Wednesday, local authorities said.

The fuel tanker explosion occurred at Ajilete, along Owode-Idiroko road, in Yewa South local government area of Ogun State.

The truck bearing 33,000 litres of petroleum product was descending the steep portion of the road when its tank suddenly detached from truck’s body and tumbled to the ground with a bang.

Two others sustained varying degrees of injuries in the incident at Ajilete, a town in the southwestern state on Wednesday morning, said Akinwunmi Olaluwoye, head of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Ogun.

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Olaluwoye told reporters at the scene of the accident that a bus suspected of overspeeding rammed into the tanker laden with petroleum products while it was ascending the sloppy road.

“The tanker exploded immediately and caused the disaster,” he said, adding local police are already carrying out a post-incident assessment.

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

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

Deadly road accidents are frequently reported in Nigeria, often caused by overloading, bad condition of roads, and reckless driving.

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