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Tanker explosion kills nine in Osun, several injured

Tanker explosion kills nine in Osun, several injured

Many road users died yesterday in multiple accidents that occurred along the Ilesa-Akure highway, Osun State. It was gathered that the accident occurred around 11:35a.m. at Erin-Ijesa, a town in the Oriade Local Government Area of the state.

Effiezy learnt that a diesel-laden tanker spilled its content on the highway, causing explosions that affected many vehicles. An eyewitness account revealed that the tanker fell on the move and caught fire immediately.

The source said the accidents caused gridlock on the highway while some vehicles got burnt with passengers on board.

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“Many vehicles are affected and it has even caused gridlock on the road. Many died and got injured but I don’t know the exact casualty figure yet,” the eyewitness said.

The Public Relations Officer of the Federal Fire Service, Mrs. Adijat Basiri, confimed the multiple accidents. According to Basiri, nine casualties were recorded while one person sustained severe burns and had been hospitalised. The fire affected 11 vehicles.

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