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Two persons die as petrol tanker goes up in Ibadan

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Two unknown persons were burnt beyond recognition when a tanker conveying Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) spilled its content on Sawmill Bridge, Onipepeye area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The incident, which started at about 2 p.m yesterday also destroyed six vehicles, more than 10 motorcycles, and many houses.

Safe for the timely intervention of the men of the state fire service, the situation would have resulted in a likely explosion from a nearby gas station around the Onipepeye area as a result of the fuel spill, which also extended to parts of the Onipepeye area.

According to sources, motorists and commuters scampered for safety when the tanker driver coming from Lagos axis end of the expressway lost control of the vehicle just after the Sawmill Bridge.

In a bid to stabilize the vehicle, the driver could not prevent the fuel from spilling on the highway. In the process, a man and a woman were burnt beyond recognition while trying to escape from the scene of the fuel spill.

The identity and whereabouts of the driver of the fuel tanker remain unknown.

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