A tanker explosion has occurred in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, leaving one person dead.

Many vehicles were reportely burnt in the incident which occurred around 8:15 am on Tuesday on the Presidential Boulevard Road around Guarantee Trust Bank opposite Lawson Group School, Kuto, Abeokuta.

The Punch reports that the explosion, which reportedly involved a 33,000-fuel laden tanker, happened due to a brakes failure.

Sources also reported that the tanker which was coming from Sagamu-Siun-Oke-Mosan Road climbed the overhead bridge but suddenly lost control while descending from the bridge.

On the cause of the explosion, the tanker hit a motorcycle which was in motion and rammed into some commercial vehicles waiting for passengers at the end of the bridge. Shortly after it rammed into the scores of the vehicles, it exploded.

After the fire started burning, commuters and motorists started reacting in panic, to avoid being caught up in the explosion. Motorists also made reverses, to avoid being victims.

On Officials of the fire services were still being expected at the scene.