Four hospitalised, motorbike burnt in Ekiti fire accident
At least four persons have been reportedly wounded and hospitalized, in a tanker accident that occurred at Ido Ekiti, in Ido/Osi Local government area of the state today, Thursday.
The accident happened along Ido-Ifaki highway at about 9.30am yesterday. Motorbikes belonging to commercial motorcyclists parked around the place were also burnt beyond recognition in the inferno caused by the spilled fuel from the truck
It was further learnt that intensity of the fire has caused panic in the town, while those living around the scene of the accident were said to be evacuating their property in preparedness for a major explosion from the scene. The truck blocked the road and emitted thick smoke and fire that caused tension in the area for hours.
The blockade of the road made it impassable 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 medicare. One of them was admitted at the Intensive Care Unit due to the severity of the injury sustained.
Investigation revealed that the the driver of the truck lost control when the brake failed and swerved off the road when he approached a sharp bend.
“The driver lost control and when it got to the road bend, it swerved off and somersaulted. Immediately this happened, the fuel spilled and caught fire which made those within the vicinity to scamper for safety.
“When it was obvious that people could no longer have the capacity to put the fire off, they made emergency call to fire service which came with superior equipment to quench the inferno”, he said.
When contacted, the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Mr Mohammed Olowo, said four persons were rescued at the scene and taken to the hospital.
” The prompt action we took helped in reducing the severity of this fire. Though, people were wounded but no death was recorded.We worked with men of the fire services and we have been able to restore normalcy in terms of rescuing the victims and in ensuring free flow of vehicles along that route”, he stated.