Two people died yesterday at Ofosu community on the Ore-Benin Expressway in Ondo State, following an explosion of a tanker, which was carrying 33,000 litres of diesel.The two victims- the driver and bus boy- who were in the vehicle were burnt beyond recognition.
The third occupant also sustained severe injuries and he is receiving treatment at General Hospital in Ore. Eyewitnesses, who said the incident occurred around 2pm, accused the driver of driving recklessly. The tanker was said to have run into a ditch and spilled its content before bursting into flames. The accident caused traffic gridlock for more than two hours until some residents came out to put out the inferno.
Police spokesman Femi Joseph said the tanker was coming from Ore, heading towards Benin, when the accident occurred in Ofosu around Levante Company.
He said: “The truck was coming from Ore on its way to Benin and when it got to an area called Levante, the driver lost control of the vehicle.
“The tanker laden with diesel tumbled and caught fire while the driver and one person with him, were burnt beyond recognition and the third person, who was injured, was taken to hospital for treatment.
“All efforts to put out the fire did not work and this caused traffic on the road for more than two hours but our men were on ground to clear the wreckage from the road to allow free flow of traffic on the road.”