According to eyewitnesses in the area, the tragic incident happened at about 7:00am. When the tanker driver had attempted to make a u-turn, due to the diversion of the road which was under reconstruction, when the articulated vehicle fell and spilled its content. But he was said to have fled the scene almost immediately.
Those who visited the scene said one person died while four other people had different degree of injuries.
It was gathered that spillage attracted some residents in the area, who rushed to the scene to scoop fuel into jerrycans.
Tragedy was, however, said to have struck when the tanker suddenly exploded at about 30 minutes later, due to an ignition from the exhaust pipe of an Audi car.
One of the eyewitnesses, Mrs. Deborah Afudeli, who lost several goods to the incident, explained that the fire spread too rapidly and destroyed valuable goods before it was extinguished.
Properties worth millions of Naira were also destroyed as a result of the fire that occurred after the fuel tanker’s explosion.
Some personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps were also on ground trying to ease the heavy gridlock occasioned by the fallen tanker which barricaded a section of the road.
See photos from the Scene of the explosion below: