ABUJA, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- Two lifeless bodies were recovered and six others injured after a petrol tanker fell and caused a huge fire along the busy Lagos-Abeokuta expressway in Nigeria's southwest region, the local road safety police confirmed on Friday.
Some 17 vehicles were also burned by the late Thursday fire, said Ganiyu Akeem, a commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps.
Akeem told reporters that the petrol tanker suddenly fell along that route and spilled its inflammable content into the drainage channel. The tanker ignited the fire that burned many vehicles.
Kunle Ajibade, another road safety police official, said the fuel-laden truck was heading to Lagos, Nigeria's commercial center, from the Sango-Ota town in the neighboring Ogun State. It developed a gear fault along the way and overturned in the process.
Ajibade said the driver of the tanker was trying to change the gear of the vehicle and lost control, causing the havoc.
Seven firefighting trucks were immediately deployed to the accident's scene to quench the fire, he added.