An undisclosed number of persons were said to have been feared dead in multiple accidents along the Ilesa-Akure Highway, Osun State on Monday.
AMILOADED gathered that the accident occurred around 11:35 am at Erin Ijesa, a town in the Oriade Local Government Area when a diesel-laden tanker spilled its content on the highway, causing explosions that affected several vehicles.
About seven vehicles, including an 18-passenger commercial bus were reportedly burnt.
An eyewitness who craved anonymity said: “Many vehicles are affected here and it has even caused gridlock on the road. The officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps are on the ground, diverting motorists to ply Ipetu Ijesa town to ease the traffic.
“Many people are burnt to death while some sustain severe burns. I don’t know the numbers of those that are affected now. The situation is very terrible.”
Officials of Federal Road Safety Commission were said to have later diverted traffic through Ipetu Ijesa town to ease the gridlock.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Osun State, Mrs. Yemisi Opalola, confirmed the development to journalists but said she could not give the number of casualties yet.