The incident happened early Monday morning when a vehicle transporting petroleum product caught fire in the region.
According to Godfrey Idede, an eyewitness, the number of casualties has yet to be determined.
He said the incident caused panic in the area and brought commercial activity to a halt.
Apart from the three casualties, Mohammed said no one else was injured in the terrible tragedy, which he blamed on brake failure.
He claimed that the fire was extinguished after many hours, despite the fact that there was no fire station nearby.
It could be recall that in April this year another tanker explosion occurred in Benue State killing over 10 people.
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