Six die as gas tanker crushes vehicle in Ogun


 

Six persons died on Monday in a road crash involving a gas-laden tanker and a Volvo 626 vehicle.

The crash occurred at about 1:20pm at the Olokuta axis of the Idiroko-Ota route, Ogun State.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun State said that the accident involved eight persons.

While six of the involved persons died, the remaining two sustained varying degrees of injuries.

The spokesperson of the FRSC in Ogun, Florence Okpe, confirmed the incident, saying the registration numbers of the two vehicles were not visible due to the nature of the crash

“The two vehicles are Volvo 626 and a tanker laden with gas.

“A total of eight persons were involved; two male adults were rescued with injuries, six persons recorded dead and trapped under the crash vehicle,” Okpe said.

She blamed the crash on wrongful overtaking, which she said led to a head-on collision.

She explained further that, “the gas is spilling out seriously, making the rescue operations difficult.”

“The injured victims were taken to Hospital for medical attention. The fire service was contacted immediately. The scene of the crash has been cordoned off to avert a secondary crash.

“FRSC operatives are fully on ground managing the situation and making efforts to remove the trapped bodies.

“Motorists are advised to drive cautiously, remain calm and cooperate with FRSC personnel pending when the situation is put to order,” the FRSC pleaded.

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