Nine persons (Male) were burnt to death and two others gravely injured on Wednesday in a fuel tanker explosion at Ajilete area of the Owode-Idiroko road, Ogun State.
A truck bearing 33,000 litres of petroleum product was said to be descending the steep portion of the road when its tank suddenly detached from truck’s body and tumbled to the ground with a bang.
Witnesses said there was an explosion which let out a huge flame that burnt the victims.
The explosion, they said, killed five persons on the spot.
Two others were injured – all residents of the area where the accident occurred.
The TRACE Commander, AKINTOYE A. M reporting for DC Oke Odan Division, confirmed the accident and said Nine deaths were recorded, adding that the remains of the dead had been claimed by their families.
Olaluwoye said the accident occurred at about 8:15am, adding that a bus and a motorcycle were also caught in a web of the explosion and razed.
He said: “No vehicle rammed into the tanker. The tank dropped off from the back of the tanker and exploded. The number of persons involved are Eleven – Nine dead, two injured.
“The driver had taken away the head of the truck as at the time we got there. But we have allowed to police to take charge and handle that aspect.”
*RTA/RTC Cases to the TCC/CEO*
*From Command*:Oke Odan Division
*Title:* Fatal at Odo Seje, Ajilete.
1: *Date* 17-06-2021
2: *Time of RTA/RTC* 0805hrs
3: *Time of arrival* 0850hrs
4: *Location* -: Odo Seje, Ajilete.
5: *Route*: Owode/Idiroko road
6: *LGA*:– Yewa South L/G
7: *Vehicle involved*: A loaded truck with Pms ( number plate not displayed). A ford bus loaded with eggs and four (4) motorcycles . Number plates not displayed.
8: *Rescue teams* – TRACE, PAPA OSCAR, FRSC.
9: *Cause of RTA*: According to eye eyewitness, the loaded tanker detached from it’s tractor while descending Odo Seje slope from Owode, the bus was coming from Ajilete with other motorcycles and ram into it then gutted fire.
10: *No of occupant*: 12 males
11: *No of injured* : 2males
12: *No of death*: 9 males
13 *Action taken*: Accidented vehicles/motorcycles pushed to the shoulder of the road while the the truck is still burning in bush at a low pase.
14: *Conclusion* – The Accidental vehicles were successfully removed from the road. Trafic was affected but normalcy has returned
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