BY DAUD OLATUNJU
ABEOKUTA — Tragedy struck in Idi Iroko, in Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State, Wednesday night when a fully loaded petrol tanker fell on Ago-Sasa road and spilled its contents which subsequently sparked up fire, leaving a mother and her two children dead.
The inferno was also said to have razed16 houses and shops in the area, while no fewer than 15 people also sustained injury during the incident.
Vanguard gathered that the three members of the family whose names were not ascertained as at time of filing the report, included the mother and two other children who were burnt beyond recognition.
An eye witness, who pleaded anonymity, said that the family members were already sleeping when the fire started.
He told our correspondent that the tanker was reportedly on iits way to a filling station when it fell.
“It was a serious incident, we were already on bed when it happened. A tanker was moving into a nearby filling station to unload its contents when it fell and spilled its content and caught fire.
“It was so bad because it happened in the night when people were already asleep. A family of three was wiped out and about 15 people were seriously injured in the inferno,” he said.
The source also confirmed that a four year old last child of the family survived the incident and was receiving treatment at the General Hospital in the area.
The Unit Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Irunoje David Abiodun who confirmed the incident revealed that the tanker belonged to some smugglers who were trying to move fuel across the border.
He said that a fuel laden vehicle marked LAGOS AAA 36 XA, lost control and rammed into two other tankers before it burst into flame.
“I think there was a spark from the tanker and then it caught fire., The two children and the mother were burnt beyond recognition,” he said.
The commander hinted that the fire service in Ipokia Local Government was contacted but the damage had been done before the fire could be quenched.