By Olayinka Kolawole
Four persons are feared dead as a tanker carrying Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly called petrol overturned and exploded after bumping into the road median in Lafenwa area of Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Shortly after it fell, balls of fire and thick smoke erupted, sending people scampering for safety, while the four victims were not lucky to escape the inferno. Two others suffered some degrees of burns.
The spokesperson, Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the incident to newsmen, saying the tanker was engulfed in fire due to the uncooperative attitude of people around the axis who were scooping fuel and other unwholesome act which sparked the fire.
The TRACE spokesman explained that the tanker, due to an axle problem overturned around 4 :45am while making its way inbound Rounder from Oju-Irin, Lafenwa, spilling its content on the road.
He advised the general public to vacate the vicinity, saying that TRACE, police, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and Fire Service were all on ground to put the situation under control.
“Moreover, the motoring public going inward Rounder axis from Lafenwa, should use Olomore and Oke-Ata axis respectively as alternative routes, since traffic has been diverted away from the area of incident,” he said.
Akinbiyi stated that further information would be provided to the media as soon as possible.
The FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Mr Ahmed Umar, also confirmed the incident, saying that officers of the command were on around to control traffic.