No fewer than eleven people have been confirmed dead, with several others injured after a tanker exploded along the Gombe-Biu by-pass. 

The Head of the Accident and Emergency Unit of the State specialist hospital in Gombe, confirmed this on grounds of anonymity.

The four persons in critical conditions are currently admitted at the hospital while ten others who had mild injuries have received medical attention and have been discharged.

According to witnesses, the accident occurred when a fully loaded petrol tanker seemed to have had a brake failure and rammed into a truck loaded with water crushing two motorcycles and two tricycles. Some of the victims were reportedly burnt beyond recognition. Authorities were yet to make a formal statement on the incident.