No fewer than four persons reportedly died in Lafenwa Market, Ogun State, as a tanker carrying Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularly called petrol overturned after bumping into the road median in Lafenwa and spilt the contents all over the road.
Shortly after it fell, the contents gutted by fire and smoke erupted, sending people scampering for safety but four persons were feared dead and two others suffered some degrees of burns.
It was gathered that some residents of the area were trying to scoop the fuel from the overturned tanker when the fire broke out.
Superintendent Route Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Florence Okpe and Public Education Unit Office for Sector Commander FRSC, Ogun Sector Command, Ahmed Umar, confirmed the occurrence of the overturned fuel tanker on Sunday morning.
Okpe advised members of the public and residents to vacate the vicinity, while operatives of the FRSC, TRACE, POLICE, FIRE SERVICE and other 1st responders resolve the emergency.
She stated, “A tanker laden with fuel which overturned while making its way inbound Rounder from Oju-Irin, Lafenwa Abeokuta Ogun State, is now engulfed in fire, but due to the uncooperative attitude of people around the axis through scooping of fuel and other unwholesome act which sparked off the fire.
“The general public is advised to vacate the vicinity, while FRSC, TRACE, POLICE, FIRE SERVICE and other 1st responders resolve the latest emergency.”