By Francisca Irekpita

Five vehicles, including a truck were razed, while a man was reportedly killed in the fire outbreak from a gas tanker explosion in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Witnesses claimed that the inferno which also destroyed some shops and houses around the busy Ita Osin area of the city had killed 4 persons, but the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC has affirmed the motor boy, trapped in  the burnt truck as the only casualty of the explosion.

The Public Education Officer, FRSC, Ogun State Sector Command, Mrs Florence Okpe, who attributed the crash to brake failure, explained that the vehicle crashed on the road barricade and went into flames, burning vehicles and shops around the vicinity.

She noted that the fire service personnel were promptly contacted while the scene was cordoned off to prevent secondary crash and the corpse of the victim was deposited at the State General Hospital morgue Abeokuta,  while the injured persons were evacuated by their families.

Apart from the fire fighters, operatives of the FRSC, the State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, TRACE, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, as well as the Police were found at the scene of the incident, engaged in rescue operations, working to contain the inferno, clearing obstruction on the road and directing traffic.

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