A tanker explosion which reportedly happened near Koko junction section of the Benin/Sapele Expressway, Ethiope West Council area of Delta state on Wednesday has reportedly burnt atleast 17 people to death.
Four vehicles reportedly got destroyed in the incident.
The sad incident occured around 8am while the police said only three persons died in the inferno.
According to report, the petrol-laden Eveco truck was trying to manoeuvre a bad spot when it fell.
The said truck reportedly exploded when residents of the area rushed to the scene to scoop fuel.
A reliable source said driver of the tanker had gone to report the incident and residents scooping fuel at the Police checkpoint in Koko junction when they heard the explosion.
The source said the victims, though unidentified, included a man and a woman.