Tanker crushes four to death in Abeokuta

At least four people were confirmed dead in multiple accidents involving a tanker and two cars in the Lafenwa area of Abeokuta in Ogun on Friday night.

Florence Okpe, the spokesperson for the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun, confirmed the incident to journalists on Saturday.

Ms Okpe said the accident was caused by speeding on the part of the tanker driver.

She added that the accident involved a tanker marked T-15321LA, a BMW car with registration number TTD 421 CX and an unregistered Nissan jeep.

“The tanker driver was trying to make a turning at the Lafenwa roundabout, lost control and rammed into two vehicles and the fence of a building.

“The deceased were standing by the fence before they were trapped.

“The content spilt but was quickly transloaded into another truck with the help of fire service and other traffic managers,” Ms Okpe said.

She said that the FRSC sector commander in the state, Ahmed Umar, expressed sadness over the incident.

“The sector commander is pained over the carelessness of some truck drivers, who refused to consider other road users,” the corps spokesperson said.

Ms Okpe explained that the deceased had been taken away by their families, possibly for burial.

She, however, sympathised with the victims’ families, advising them to contact the FRSC for more information about the crash.