Many feared dead in Osun tanker explosion

An unspecified number of people died on Monday in a fuel tanker explosion at Igbelajewa Village, along the Ilesha-Akure Expressway, Osun State.

The incident occurred when a truck carrying diesel lost control, spilled its content and caught fire.

At least seven vehicles, including an 18-passenger commercial bus, were razed in the incident.

The spokesperson for the state police command, Yemisi Opalola, confirmed the accident to journalists in Osogbo.

She, however, said the number of victims of the explosion has not been ascertained.

But the Public Relations Officer of the Federal Fire Service in Osun, Adija Basiri, in a chat said nine lives were lost to the inferno.

 “Our men responded to a distress call this morning after a collision between two trucks at Ilesa/Akure Expressroad in Erin Ijesha, Osun State resulting in a fire outbreak.

“Nine casualties were recorded with one receiving treatment in the hospital. The fire affected nine vehicles and two trucks,” she said.

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