Passengers feared dead as tanker explodes on Osun highway

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Several passengers have been feared dead in multiple accidents along the Ilesa-Akure Highway, Osun State on Monday.

It was gathered the accident occurred around 11:35 am at Erin Ijesa, a town in the Oriade Local Government Area when a diesel-laden tanker spilled its content on the highway, causing explosions that affected several vehicles.

An eyewitness told The Nation the tanker fell on the move and caught fire immediately.

According to him: “Many vehicles are affected here and it has even caused gridlock on the road. The officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps are on the ground, diverting motorists to ply Ipetu Ijesa town to ease the traffic.

“Many people are burnt to death while some sustain severe burns. I don’t know the numbers of those that are affected now. The situation is very terrible.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in Osun State, Mrs. Yemisi Opalola, confirmed the development to journalists but said she could not give the number of casualties yet.



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