TEARS flowed freely, last Wednesday, as the charred remains of a mother, her two children and two other persons coming from church were packed into nylon bags after the car they were being conveyed in was razed by a fuel tanker fire in Akure, Ondo State capital.
It as a pitiable sight as residents of Shagari Village on the outskirts of Akure, where the crash occurred, cried their hearts out. The fire, sparked by the impact of the crash, which occurred at about 7pm at the Shagari Village junction on Akure-Owo expressway, consumed every object along its way. Eight vehicles, including a bus said to be owned by a baker, two buildings, five shops and many motorcycles parked at the junction by their operators, were not spared by the raging fire.
The incident occurred metres away from a petrol station and it was by providence that the fire did not spread there, although two buildings close by were burnt. Eye witnesses said the accident occurred when the-ill fated tanker, heading to Owo, was trying to avoid a car coming from Araromi area of Akure which drove into the highway recklessly. The tanker, on high speed, lost control and fell on the car, spilling its content which instantly went up in flames.