No fewer than four persons sustained various degrees of injuries on Thursday when a petroleum tanker exploded at Ido Ekiti, in Ido/Osi Local government area of the state.
The accident happened along Ido-Ifaki highway at about 9.30am as result of brake failure.
Several houses located near the scene of the accident and motorcycles parked around the place were consumed in the inferno caused by the spilled fuel from the truck.
The intensity of the fire caused panic in the town as those living within the spot were said to have started evacuating their property from being burnt.
The truck blocked the road and emitted thick smoke that caused tension in the area for hours.
The blockade of the road caused traffic jam while those traveling from Ifaki Ekiti to Ido were said to be taking a detour to prevent being caught in the web of fire outbreak that raged on before it was put out by men of the State fire services.
Those wounded have been taken to the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti for medical treatment.
One of them was admitted at the Intensive Care Unit due to the severity of the injury sustained.
Speaking with The Nation, an eye witness disclosed the driver of the truck lost control when the brake failed and swerved off the road as he approached a sharp bend.
Source: The Nation