Three people have been burnt to death and several others injured as a fuel tanker exploded in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Tuesday morning.
Five vehicles and two motorcycles were also burnt in the raging tanker fire.
The incident occurred around 8:15 am on Tuesday on the Presidential Boulevard 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.
Our correspondent, who was at the motor park close to the scene observed that the tanker 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 then rammed into some commercial vehicles stationed at the tail end of the bridge awaiting passengers.
Shortly after it rammed into the vehicles, it exploded.
The fire which spread to a few offices around the place caused panic as many motorists made u-turns 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 the 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.
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