About two days after four accidents were recorded in parts of Ogun State the same day, no fewer than 19 persons were feared dead in multiple accidents which occured in different parts of the state yesterday.
The first incident involved a petrol tanker, which fell on its side in Owode-Ijako along the Lagos/Abeokuta expressway while an 18-seater bus, also at the same route involved in loan crash.
The petrol tanker which was reportedly conveying diesel in the early hours of yesterday ram at a road divider and fell on its side before spilling its content.
The driver of the tanker identified as Wale Olaitan who was said to be soaked with the product was burn beyond recognition when the product later ignited by fire.
A family of six who was also caught in the incident was also sustained varying degrees of injuries while properties including cars and houses and three shops were also destroyed.
The ill-fated tanker was heading toward Ifo- Abeokuta axis when the incident happened.
Two buildings, located on numbers 96 and 98 on Lagos-Abeokuta Road, which were situated adjacent the spot where the tanker fell, were affected by the fire, as property and tenants inside were affected.
The family of six who lived inside house number 96, whose identities were yet to be ascertained as at time of filing this report, suffered some degrees of burns and were receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.
An eyewitness, Kazeem Saheed said, “My father is the owner of one of the houses (house 98) affected by the fire. The tanker, from the information, we gathered fell around 4.30am on that Owode-Ijako junction, where the road is so bad. It spilled its content.
“About fifteen minutes later, there was a loud bang and the whole place caught fire, including the tanker. Nobody knew what triggered the fire.”
The Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Traffic Enforcement and Compliance Agency, Babatunde Akinbiyi, said the tanker driver lost control due to “over-speeding and brake failure.”
The incident led to gridlock on the dual carriage road, on Saturday, forcing some motorists heading toward Ifo axis to drive against oncoming traffic.
Not quite far from the area, an 18-seater bus with registration number Lagos, XL 42 EPE also crashed at Onijanganjangan area of Abeokuta North area on the same axis.
An eyewitness, who called our correspondent, Ibraheem Amosun explained that the accident was a lone accident.
He further explained that the Mazda bus en route Abeokuta took off in Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos State before the incident.
Amosun informed that all the 18 passengers were seriously injured and were rescued by men of the Ogun State Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS.
According to Amosun, the injured were taken to Ijaye general hospital in Abeokuta for medical attention.

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