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One Dead, 18 Vehicles and 12 Stores Burnt In Ibadan Diesel Tanker Accident

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No fewer than 18 vehicles, 15 shops were burnt, and one person confirmed dead when a truck loaded with biscuit and wheat collided with another truck ferrying diesel product from Lagos to Ibadan at Oremeji junction, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in Ibadan on Sunday.

It was gathered that the  content of the tanker was spilled on the road as people ran for safety.

Among the vehicles burnt were five articulated vehicles, two Nissan Micra used for taxi, two commercial buses and other vehicles.

An eyewitnesses told The Nation that he driver of the wheat truck with number plate JGW 418 XA lost control of the vehicle around 7am and ran into the petrol tanker which skidded off the road and caught fire as it fell.

The accident, however, caused a serious gridlock on the highway and a combined team of police, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) controlled the traffic.

An on spot assessment at the scene of incident, the situation led to a standstill for more than five hours on the both side of the highway.

Many commuters either sought alternative routes to their destinations or disembarked from their journeys as they were stranded at the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway for hours.

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