James Ogunnaike

One person was confirmed dead, while two others were seriously injured in Ijebu-Ode, Ijebu Ode local government area of Ogun State a gas explosion that rocked the town on Monday.

Vanguard gathered that the incident happened along Folagbade road in Ijebu-Ode, and it involved a tricycle, three motorcycles and a Honda SUV.

An eyewitness account said the explosion was caused by a gas cylinder belonging to one of the passengers of the tricycle.

The eyewitness explained that, the rider of the tricycle that was conveying three occupants parked by the roadside, when the owner of the cylinder discovered that the gas was leaking from the cylinder.

He said the tricycle was parked near a faulty car with a radiator problem.

He explained further that, the occupant, in an attempt to fix the leaking cylinder, alighted from the tricycle and the explosion was triggered by the heat which emanated from the car whose bonnet was opened.

The source disclosed that the accident involved three people, stressing that one of the victims was badly injured.

“The owner of the cylinder had just refilled it with gas and unknown to her, the cylinder was leaking.

“The rider of the tricycle parked by the roadside for the woman to fix the leaking cylinder, but unfortunately, there was a car with radiator problem parked nearby.

“The heat generated by the car triggered explosion”, he said.

He added that the victims who suffered third-degree burns were rushed to Ijebu-Ode general hospital, but the hospital refused to treat them and they were taken to an unknown hospital.

The Public Relations Officer of the State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps  Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi confirmed the accident, saying that the tricycle, three motorcycles and one  Honda SUV were burnt.

He added that the occupants of the tricycle also suffered a severe burn injury and have been taken to the hospital for treatment.

Akinbiyi, however, disclosed that he could not ascertain if anyone died in the explosion.

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