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Scores killed in Nigerian tanker crash
LAGOS, Nigeria (Reuters) -- Nigerian newspapers reported on Monday that at least 150 people were killed when a petrol tanker lost control and crashed into a long line of vehicles in southwest Nigeria over the weekend.
Police in the Ile-Ife area in southwest Osun State could not immediately verify the death toll but confirmed the accident occurred Sunday on the Ibadan-Ife highway, some 250 kilometers (150 miles) north of the commercial capital of Lagos.
"The accident occurred on Sunday evening and it was reported to the police immediately. But I can't give the number of those who died now," a police officer said.
Newspapers said the fuel tanker rammed into the vehicles, which were lined up at a police road block.
"The collision sparked a fire...all 115 vehicles in the vicinity with their occupants were burnt," the independent Guardian reported.
The papers said dozens more were on the danger list in a government hospital in the area.
Nigeria's poorly maintained roads have become death traps for motorists.
More than 40 people were killed in a road accident last August in Abuja, the capital, while at least 18 people died in another crash last month in Lagos.
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