…As FRSC confirms 2 dead, 3 injured in Ogbomoso-Ilorin road accident***
Two persons were killed while several shops and vehicles were burnt on Friday when a tanker ladened with diesel fell around Moniya area of Ibadan and burst into flames.
It was reported that the incident led to traders, commuters and residents of the area scampering for safety as the inferno continued to increase with high intensity.
The extent of damage and fatality, however, could not yet be ascertained as of the time of filing this report as firemen and sympathisers battled to put out the fire.
Eyewitnesses said that the fire started when the diesel laden tanker skidded.
One of the eyewitnesses, Mr Tunde Adedayo, said that officials of the State Fire Service arrived at the scene about 35 minutes after the fire started.
Adedayo said that there was a loud blast followed immediately by a huge ball of fire with a thick cloud of smoke while the fire kept burning every item on its path.
“The diesel tanker had skidded and people started running up and down.
” There was confusion everywhere and people were crying for help.
“No one could move near the fire and everybody was scrambling for safety,’’ Adedayo said.
The Chief Fire Officer in Oyo State Fire Service, Mr Adewuyi Moshood, said his men arrived at the scene in good time considering the distance they covered to get to the spot of the incident.
“The fire started when a fully laden tanker conveying diesel lost control while descending the slope beside a filling station at Moniya.
“ The brake failed and the vehicle crushed a vehicle going to Ogbomoso.
“One passenger, who was trapped in the vehicle got burnt, One other life was also lost but we are yet to determine the number of casualties in the incident,’’ Moshood said.
In the meantime, two persons died while three others sustained injuries in an accident, which occurred at Apake on the old Ogbomoso-Ilorin road on Friday.
Confirming the accident, the Oyo State FRSC Sector Commander, Mrs Chukwurah Uche, told newsmen in Ibadan that two male adults died and not four as being speculated.
Uche said that a Mitsubishi Pickup, which was conveying nine passengers, had a brake failure, lost control and rammed into two stationary motorcycles and a car.
“Two persons on the stationary motorcycles lost their lives on the spot while three other persons sustained injuries, which included the motor boy of the pickup vehicle.
“The Mitsubishi Pickup vehicle had nine passengers, eight males and one female, which was overloaded and against the social distancing order imposed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
“Maybe the vehicle was trying to evade arrest by the FRSC officials on the road knowing fully well that officials would stop him and aware that he had committed an offence of overloading,’’ Uche said.
The sector commander said that the injured persons had been treated and discharged while the corpses had been deposited at Ladoke Akintola Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso.