Many feared dead as petrol tanker explodes in Ondo

… Most victims were scooping petrol – Residents

Tragedy struck yesterday in Ore, Odigbo Local Council of Ondo State, when an unspecified number of people were feared dead in tanker explosion.

The Guardian gathered that the explosion occurred when some residents of the area were scooping fuel, said to be petrol, from a truck that had crashed.

According to a source in the area, the explosion occurred when the fuel was ignited by a spark from a phone held by one of the people who was scooping fuel that spilled from a tanker.

The source, who gave her name as Nireti, disclosed that the incident happened along Showboy Road, adjacent to a filling station in Ore.

She narrated that after losing control, the truck spilled its contents on the road, after which people began to rush in order to scoop fuel.

The source, a trader in the area, added that over 15 bodies were roasted in the inferno, including three children and a pregnant woman.

She said: “I was in my shop when I heard the tanker fall. The rain was also falling. People were taking fuel when fire started after a spark from a phone.

“Three children died, and we have counted over 15 bodies. A pregnant woman who wanted to buy the fuel also died. The money is still with her.”

Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Olufumilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, when contacted, said she was yet to get details of the incident.

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