Ganiyu Akeem of Federal Road Safety Corps’ who is the Assistant Corps’ Commander in Ota, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the 2 Persons died and 17 vehicles burnt in the accident that happened around 11.55 p.m. on Thursday night.
He said,the incident happened when the lone tanker fell and spilled its inflammable content into the drainage.
He said the tanker ignited the fire that burnt many vehicles.
Akeem said 17 vehicles were affected, which included one tanker trailer, 10 articulated vehicles, three cars, and three commercial buses.
NAN correspondent that visited the accident scene earlier this morning said that the FRSC at Sango Toll Gate was also affected.
Also, Mr Adekunle Ajibade, an official of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, told NAN that the fuel-laden truck was heading to Lagos from Sango-Ota developed a gear fault and overturned when the Driver went out of control.
“When the Driver was trying to change the gear, he lost control while the Truck overturned and caught fire”. Ajibade said.
The FRSC commander said that seven fire-fighting trucks, three from Ogun and four from Lagos, were promptly mobilised to the scene.
“Thank God, we were able to stop the vehicles coming from Lagos at the Toll-gate on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway in good time.
“We rescued one person and took him to Ota General Hospital.
“We also evacuated two corpses that were burnt beyond recognition and we took them in our ambulance to Ifo General Mortuary,” he said.
The spokesperson for the state fire service, Muinat Adeleke-Ashimi, who spoke for the acting Director, Margaret Adeseye, confirmed that two bodies were found around 4.00 a.m.
She said, “The petrol tanker skidded off the road, which resulted in the fire. Our men arrived at the scene at 12.14 a.m.
“The fire was extinguished around 4.00 a.m. when two casualties were found — a male and a female.
“We are presently damping the fire.”