The fuel tanker carrying 33,000 litres of petrol lost control and swerved into a ditch, immediately leading to inferno that killed two of the vehicle occupants.
The accident occurred when a petrol tanker carrying 33,000 litres of petrol lost control and fell into a ditch, which immediately started a fire that burnt the driver and his assistant to death.
The third occupant of the vehicle however survived the fire, but sustained injuries after being quickly rescued by the Ondo State Police Command, Punch reports.
This brought movement on the expressway to a stand-still, as motorists driving towards Benin and Lagos were said to have opted for alternative routes to their destination.
According to an eyewitness, “The fire lasted for several hours and all efforts to inform the men of the Ondo State Fire Service by the residents about the fire were not successful.
Mr. Femi Joseph, the Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, confirmed the accident.
He said his team battled unsuccessfully to keep the situation under control. They are however on ground at the accident site in a bid to clear the wreckage.