Following a tanker explosion at Araromi on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Thursday morning, at least ten people died from burn injuries.
The incident was reported to news reporters in Abeokuta by the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Ogun, Ahmed Umar.
Umar claims that the incident took place at Araromi, close to Conoil, before the Sagamu Interchange. He asserted that five cars were destroyed in the raging blaze.
He said that the accident victims were fully and irreparably burned.
He names the following vehicles as being involved in the collision: the Mack tanker, an unmarked Howo truck, an unregistered Iveco truck, a Mazda bus with the license plate FFE 361 XB, and an unmarked Mack truck with the registration number AKL 198 ZT.
“The Iveco truck’s driver lost control while operating it at high speed and crashed into the tanker, causing a leak that caused fire to break out,”
The Mazda bus was completely destroyed by the fire, he continued, adding that everyone who perished was inside the bus.
“Excessive speed is believed to be the root cause of the several collisions, which caused the Iveco truck to lose control and crush the tanker body, causing a leak that sparked a fire.
The Mazda bus was consumed by the fire’s initial spark, according to Umar.
The deceased was brought to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital Sagamu, he continued.
After visiting the accident site, Umar expressed sympathy to the victims’ families.
He recommended that drivers exercise caution, follow all traffic laws, and pay attention to other road users.
An earlier tanker explosion in Araromi Town before the Interchange prompted the FRSC to warn drivers and the general public to use alternate routes on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The rescue effort is ongoing, and the identities of those involved have not yet been made public, according to Umar.
“Since traffic was diverted, the crash location was blocked off to prevent a second collision.
“Men from the fire department have arrived on the site, and the fire is currently being put out.
To help with the bottleneck, traffic has been temporarily redirected at the Lufuwape U-turn, he said.
The sector commander urged drivers to maintain their composure and assist the traffic controllers in managing the situation, he said.