A tanker which fell and exploded has left at least three persons dead and several cars burnt in front of Ojo Barracks along Badagry express way.
According to an eyewitness, a container carrying generators and another with cartons of fish were also caught in the flames which is believed to have killed more than three people.
Occupants of the vehicles around who tried to escape fell into the flooded road which was already hot due to the fire.
The eyewitness said:
“One of the containers near where the tanker fell was carrying generators and they caught fire.
A car carrying cartons of fish caught fire too.
Some people got down from their cars and tried to escape the fire but rain fell and flooded the road and the water on the road was already too hot. Some of them fell inside the water and died.”
I saw more than three bodies in the water. Some of them are inside the water so you can’t see them well until you go close.
The tanker is still on fire till now, accident that happened since 3 and it’s still burning.”
On the 29th of June 2018 a fully-loaded 33,000-litre fuel tanker exploded on Otedola Bridge along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, killing many people and razing about 67 vehicles.
At press time, 10 bodies burnt beyond recognition had been recovered. It was gathered that the tragedy occurred at about 6.05p.m., after the fuel-laden tanker, which was heading inwards Berger, had a brake failure. While the driver was trying to control the tanker, it reportedly rammed into one of the vehicles and exploded. An eyewitness, Maria Oje, described her escape as the handiwork of God. She narrated, in tears, how she saw some motorists’ failed attempt to run for safety. Her words: “One of them, who was on fire, fell down, as he could not run any longer.
Nobody could rescue them as everyone was also running for dear life.” Some motorists abandoned their vehicles and fled in different directions. Family members were said to be looking for their relatives, after escaping. Among them was a woman, who was sighted crying in search of her twin girls. At press time, thick smoke was still billowing from the scene, with rescue operators battling to contain the situation.
Those present at the scene included the Police, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA; Lagos State Fire Service; the state’s Ambulance Service; Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, among others. Vehicles were stopped on both sides of the road, as rescue operation continued. This caused a traffic gridlock, which stretched to the Third Mainland Bridge.
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