A petrol-laden tanker has exploded and killed two persons on Owerri-Onitsha Road, in Imo State on Friday.

The incident which caused panic in the area, happened at the Irete area by Forte Oil Filling Station, The Punch confirmed.

On details of the incident, it was revealed that the driver of the tanker and a woman, said to be coming back from a nearby market, died in the explosion while many others were injured.

So far, the cause of the explosion has not been disclosed as at Friday afternoon.

An eye witness, Kingsley Eke, while speaking to The Punch correspondent said, if not for the timely intervention of the men of the state fire service, the explosion would have wrecked more havoc.

Speaking further, Eke also said, “The incident would have been more disastrous but for the prompt arrival of firefighters. It is unfortunate that we lost two persons in the fire – the driver and a woman. Others have been rushed to a hospital.”

Meanwhile, police in the state reacted to the situation when contacted. One of them, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the incident.

According to Ikeokwu, one death as of the time of filing this report has been confirmed.