Nine dead, 54 vehicles consumed in Lagos tanker fire



Disaster struck on Thursday at the Otedola Bridge, Lagos end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, after an oil loaded tanker slammed and detonated.

No less than 54 autos and business vehicles driving behind the tanker out and about were said to have been gutted by flame, amid which nine individuals were reported dead.

Crisis administration specialists were said to have been activated to the scene to safeguard workers caught in the mischance.

Lives were purportedly lost in the optional mischance that came about because of the perplexity caused by the fallen tanker.

An observer, Nkechi Obiageli, said the acident happened around 5pm.

She stated, “I was in a business transport heading towards the Mowe region of Ogun State. The transport was adjacent to the tanker.

“There was activity and when it cleared a little, the transport driver moved his way to the front. We were around a couple of vehicles from the tanker, when we heard the sound of a blast.

“The fuel from the tanker spilled on the interstate and every one of the vehicles at its back went up on fire. Individuals kept running for dear life. There was disarray all over the place.”

A transport driver, Sunday Esene, said his vehicle was scorched in the mischance.

He stated, “I had recently dropped off my travelers at Berger transport stop and swung to purchase fuel. I was headed back when I saw the tanker. Out of the blue, it tumbled and hit the middle. When I understood that fuel was spilling out of the tanker, I relinquished my transport and hopped to the opposite side of the street. A couple of moments later, the tanker detonated. I am certain more than 50 vehicles got scorched with numerous lives lost.”

A driver, Aderibigbe Oluwafemi, said he got away passing by a bristle as the tanker was before his vehicle.

He stated, “We were in rush hour gridlock. At the point when the activity facilitated a bit, I saw that the tanker i

n my front did not move. The following thing I saw was that the tanker began moving in reverse and it fell. Promptly it fell, I opened my entryway, expelled my key, telephone and hopped to the opposite side of the street. My auto got singed, however I am glad to be alive.”

reporters  learnt that the safeguard exertion, which was composed by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, likewise included authorities of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency, Lagos State Fire Service, Federal Road Safety Corps, Lagos State Ambulance Service, State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit, Rapid Response Squad, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, and the police, among others.

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