An articulated vehicle conveying fuel has gone up in flames, in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The explosion occurred on Wednesday night at the Shagari Village junction along the Ilesa/ Owo Federal Highway.

According to eyewitness reports, vehicles plying the route at the time were also burnt in the explosion, leaving no fewer than six people dead in the inferno.

An eyewitness said: “The fire incident was caused by an articulated petrol tanker coming from the Lagos road, which lost control. Many people driving from the other side of the junction were all trapped as the petrol tanker immediately went up in flames.

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“Although, we don’t know the figure of those involved, but I am very sure that the occupants of a Toyota car that hit the petrol tanker have been burnt to ashes.”

The eyewitness added that it took many hours before the men of Ondo State Fire Service arrived the scene to put it out.

The eyewitness also uploaded a video on his twitter, recording the situation of the fire crisis.