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3 die, 3 injured In Ogun Fire Mishap

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At least, three people have been confirmed dead, while three others sustained dangerous burn injuries in an accident at Mowe axis of the Lagos – Ibadan expressway late Monday night. The accident, which happened around 11pm, involved an Ibadan-bound petroleum laden tankertruck which crashed into herds of cattle crossing the expressway at Lotto Junction in Mowe town of Obafemi – Owode local government area of Ogun State. National Mirror gathered that the fuel-laden truck knocked down some cattle, killing four on the spot before it eventually veered off the road, spilling its contents on the highway.

Tragedy, however, struck when another truck towing an accidented vehicle approached the area where fuel had been spilled and light sparked off from one of the irons causing friction on the road, and the entire area went up in flames. The fire, however, consumed three people along with the fuel tanker and a fire-fighting truck belonging to Ogun State Fire Service which had been stationed in the area to prevent fire disaster, while three others sustained different degrees of burns.

Public Relations Officer of the state Traffic Enforcement and Compliance, TRACE corps, Babatunde Akinbiyi, who confirmed the auto crash, noted that one of the survivors was a fire-fighting officer drafted to the scene. Akinbiyi stated that the inferno would have been more devastating if the owners of the petroleum product had not transloaded the content of the accidented truck into another one and moved it to its destination before the incident. He added that the injured persons were taken to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu for treatment, while the corpses were deposited at the morgue of the same hospital.

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