No fewer than 20 persons have died as a result of a tanker explosion conveying a petroleum product around Koko junction along Benin/Sapele Expressway in Delta state .

The accident occurred about 11am on Wednesday.

Eyewitnesses said the accident involved 10 vehicles and casualties were burnt beyond recognition as a the inferno.

But Police source said only 3 persons who were burnt beyond recognition died on the spot while others were rushed to hospital.

“ the tanker was try to manoeuvre a bad spot where the driver lost control resulting into the tanker falling apart which ignited the fire.

”The accident involved 3 vehicles and 2 motorbikes, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya said.

The Benin/Sapele Expressway has been in deplorable condition for more than three years leading to several loss of lives .