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One dead, others injured in Ogun gas explosion

A gas explosion has killed one person and injured two others along Folagbade road, Ijebu-Ode area of Ogun state.

It was gathered that the incident which happened around 8am on Monday involved a tricycle, three motorcycles and a Honda SUV.

The explosion was said to have been caused by a gas cylinder belonging to one of the occupants of the tricycle.

According to an eyewitness, the tricycle conveying three occupants was parked near a faulty car with a radiator problem, when the owner of the cylinder discovered that gas was leaking from the cylinder.

He explained that the explosion was triggered by the heat which emanated from the car whose bonnet was opened.

“The owner of the cylinder had just refilled it with gas and unknown to her, the cylinder was leaking.

“The rider of the tricycle parked by the roadside for the woman to fix the leaking cylinder, but unfortunately, there was a car with a radiator problem parked nearby.

“The heat generated by the car triggered the explosion,” he said.

The eyewitness disclosed that the victims who suffered third degree burns were rushed to a hospital within the ancient city.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr. Babatunde Akinbiyi, who confirmed the accident stated that the tricycle, three motorcycles and a car were burnt.

Akinbiyi added that the occupants of the tricycle also suffered severe injuries and were taken to the hospital for treatment.

The Police PRO, however, could not ascertain if anyone died in the explosion.

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