A bus conveying primary and secondary students, residents, passers-by, students of Kogi State Polytechnic were among the dead when a fuel tanker exploded on Wednesday morning at Felele area of Lokoja, Kogi State capital.
According to reports, no fewer than 23 persons including five students of the Kogi State Polytechnic and three children on their way to school have been confirmed dead when the tanker fully loaded with Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) and belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation reportedly had a break failure and fell on some cars, motorcycles and tricycles on the road.
All the occupants of the cars, tricycles and motorcycles were reportedly burnt beyond recognition in the accident after the tanker exploded.
A man, his wife, on their way to drop their three children at school were also among those reported to have been killed by the fire.
Eyewitness account reports that the tanker driver was signalling other road users to clear from the road when he discovered that the break of the tanker had failed before falling on the other motorists trying to overtake him.
The fire started immediately the tanker fell on the road.
Meanwhile, the Federal Road Safety Commission had arrived at the scene with ambulance to evacuate the burnt corpses. The commission revealed that 23 persons were killed while a child survived with injuries.
The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, through his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Mohammed, expressed shock over the unfortunate incident, called for calm and expressed his deepest condolences to the families of those affected by the accident.