Two people were confirmed dead and five injured in a road traffic accident involving a tanker conveying petroleum product and two other vehicles at Shasha Market along Akure-Owo Expressway.
Olusegun Ogungbemide, Deputy Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps, Ondo state Command, confirmed the incident to News Agency of Nigeria in a telephone interview in Akure on Wednesday.
Ogungbemide said: “There was a crash this morning at Shasha Market involving a tanker and two other vehicles.
“We got information that a tanker had a break failure and hit a vehicle and entered into a filling station while the other truck, in trying to avoid the tanker, ran into an opposite filling station.
“Two people died at a spot while five injured were rushed to a hospital in Akure.
“So, we are still doing a follow-up but the obstruction is already cleared and the road is free now.”
He called on tanker drivers and other motorists to ensure that their vehicles were in good order before embarking on any journey, especially during the yuletide to avoid road crashes.
He said: “Motorists should try and put their vehicles in order.
“We have been doing the advocacy for long, that when they get to busy area, they should reduce their speed to the minimum speed limit and have respect for other road users.
“And, this season, motorists should know that activities on the road are high and they should drive with every cautiousness that it deserves.”