By Kolade Larewaju
FOUR persons, including a pregnant woman Tuesday escaped death by whiskers as a commercial cab conveying them was smashed by a petrol tanker at Oke-Ilewo area of Abeokuta metropolis.
The accident happened close to the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, secretariat, Iwe-Iroyin House, on the hilly Oba Gbadebo Road. The driver of the articulated lorry was said to have lost control when the lorry slipped down the road and smashed the taxi after which it overturned the content.
It was gathered that the passengers were picked by the taxi at Kuto roundabout, going to Lafenwa area of the state capital when the accident occurred.
The occupants of the taxi according to eyewitness account were immediately rushed to the General Hospital, Ijaye, after sustaining various degrees of injuries.
As at the time of filing this report, the 33,000 litres of petrol was seen gushing into the nearby stream behind the Police Zone Two Barracks.
Men of the Fire Service and officers of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, TRACE, and other security agencies cordoned off the area while the fire servicemen were applying various types of chemicals on the fallen truck and the surrounding area to prevent possible fire outbreak.
The Deputy Director of the Ogun State Fire Service, Mr. Mojeed Kasali, said his team was called to do everything humanly possible to prevent fire outbreak as a result of the spread of petrol on the road.