Early this morning tanker exploded opposite many properties were said to have been burnt by the rampaging fire opposite Ojo in Lagos.
Recall that on Friday morning, about 13 vehicles were said to have been burnt with many being razed to death by the rampaging fire which occurred after a tanker exploded. The incident, according to the Nation happened around 5:30am in front of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH).
The fuel-laden tanker was said to have exploded after a collision with a truck and a commercial bus. Men of the Edo State Fire Service were said to have arrived the scene to put out the fire. As at time of filing this report, the tanker was still burning.
Details later….. Meanwhile, a similar case happened sometime last year in Lagos, as a fully-loaded 33,000-litre fuel tanker exploded on Otedola Bridge along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, killing many people and razing about 67 vehicles. Vanguard gathered that some of the victims’ body were from the drain beside the road. Speaking to one of the survival, Adewale Adesanya, told Vanguard that they never envisaged that the truck would experience any brake failure.
Adesanya narrated that the immediately the vehicle experienced brake failure, it fell and started spilling it’s contents.
“Due to the state of the road, I saw the content spilling towards my vehicle with fire accompanying it. So I quickly ran out of the vehicle and cross to the other side to avoid been caught in the inferno.”
Another commuter, Micheal Simon, whose car was razed, said: “I am happy I didn’t die while trying to escape from the scene. I tried maneuvering my vehicle to avoid been burnt but my efforts proved abortive”. Maria Oje, another eyewitness 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.”
President Muhammadu Buhari expressed shock and sorrow over the fire incident in Lagos, in which many people were feared killed with several vehicles burnt.
The President he was sad to learn of the tragic loss of lives, tens of vehicles, property and other valuables in the petrol tanker fire. He expressed his deepest condolences to the government and people of Lagos on this tragedy. According to the FRSC, 54 vehicles were burnt. There were 45 cars caught in the inferno, along with five buses, two trucks, inec tricycle and the tanker itself. The accident, outward Lagos, happened around 5.30pm today.
According to Bisi Kazeem, spokesman of the FRSC, the cause of accident was break failure suffered by the petrol laden tanker.
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