At least three persons were killed on Monday night when a tanker conveying diesel exploded in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

The incident, according to reports, occurred some minutes past 8 pm
around the Felele axis of the ever-busy Lokoja-Abuja highway when the
brake of the fully-loaded tanker failed.

The tanker was said to be descending the sloppy section of the road and
as a result of the failure of its brake, the tanker rammed into another
truck parked on the roadside.

In an attempt by the driver to halt the vehicle, the apparent force of the
collision caused the tanker to burst into flames, leaving three persons
burnt beyond recognition.

The incident also left many travellers and motorists on the axis stranded
on that part of the road.