As Gas tanker explodes on Lagos-Ibadan expressway

Tayo AFOLABI

 

A 45,000 litre-tanker fully laden with petrol exploded after ramming into a heavy-duty vehicle conveying cement inward Lekki.

Four people died in the accident according to an official of the Lagos Fire Service.

The accident occurred at the Kaiyetoro end of Lekki-Epe Expressway by Eleko Bus Stop, Ibeju Lekki Lagos.

Adeseye Margaret, the Director, of Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, said the accident happened at about 16:35 hours Sunday.

She noted that the vehicles involved burst into flames due to the impact of the collision.

Magaret added that; “The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Epe Station, on arrival at the scene discovered that both vehicles had head collision as the tanker traveled in opposite directions to Lekki and trailer from Epe.

“The crew swiftly doused the raging fire from the accidental spillage of contents from the tanker and recovered four bodies suspected dead from both vehicles.

“Three of the bodies were recovered from the tanker and one from the trailer. The victims are all male adults and operatives of both vehicles.”

In a related development, a gas-carrying tanker exploded on Sunday night along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway in Ogun state.

The explosion happened near Lotto bridge, Mowe. There is yet to be a confirmed report of any casualty.

As at the time this report was filed, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) could not give details of the tanker explosion.

However, FRSC spokesperson in Ogun, Florence Okpe, confirmed the explosion, saying that the rescue operation was ongoing.

She said “there is a gas tanker explosion around Lotto, on Lagos-Ibadan expressway. The FRSC rescue team is on the ground for the rescue operation.

 

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