It was an ugly sight at Aduloju community along Iwo – Road, Ojoo expressway in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital yesterday, as a nursing mother and 25 other people were burnt beyond recognition following a fatal motor accident involving a tanker fully loaded with petroleum product.
Also, at least 27 vehicles and equipment worth several millions of Naira were burnt during the ugly incident described by many as the worst in recent times in the state.
The inferno, which spread up to about 100 metres, also affected about eight buildings including a church around the area.
The unfortunate incident, occurred around 10:30am when the tanker driver, in an effort to avoid a collision with an 18 seater bus, ran into a pole beside the road, thereby pouring its content which eventually led to an eruption of serious inferno.
It was further gathered that all the 18 passengers as well as eight other people, who were roadside mechanics, were also burnt to death.
A nursing mother, who was said to be selling engine oil by the road, was among those who lost their lives, while trying to save her baby who was already trapped in the raging fire.
According to the eyewitness, several people, many of who were roadside mechanics were seriously injured and are receiving treatment in different hospitals across the state.