A fuel tanker driver lost his life in a fatal auto crash that occurred in the early hours of Friday in Benin city, the Edo State capital.
The accident occurred along the Benin-Lagos Expressway, in front of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.
The truck, fully loaded with diesel, allegedly swerved off its lane, fell and exploded, while trying to avoid an oncoming vehicle said to be driving against traffic.
It was alleged that the truck also hit a Mercedes Benz Wagon conveying bags of rice from Lagos.
The truck driver, whose identity could not be ascertained, got trapped under the truck and was reportedly burnt beyond recognition. His assistant was said to have escaped.
Also, the Mercedes Benz vehicle conveying the rice got burnt completely, while the driver’s whereabouts were unknown.
Efforts by firefighters to put out the wild fire were complicated by the fuel gushing from the truck.
Fire from the crash affected a nearby car dealer’s shop where about eight used imported vehicles were affected.
The fire was eventually brought under control by firefighters from the University of Benin, UBTH and the Nigerian Army.
The Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, who visited the accident scene around 10am, warned motorists against driving against traffic.
He said, “The accident could have been avoided if traffic rules and regulations were obeyed. Drivers should abide by traffic rules to avoid tragedies of this nature.”

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