A fuel tanker burst into flames at Orogun junction in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, killing three and injuring five persons. The deaths however cannot be immediately confirmed.
Firemen who were called to the scene to douse the flames were said to have rushed the victims to the hospital. The firemen however, denied reports that three persons died in the incident.
Eyewitnesses said the fuel tanker caught fire when the fuel it was carrying was being transferred to another tanker.
Apart from the burnt tanker and injured persons, about eight shops and two Sport Utility Vehicles were also burnt.
The incident reportedly happened around 1 p.m.
Sources said vehicle owners who had parked by the roadside were seen scrambling to get to their cars to hurriedly evacuate their vehicles.