Tanker explosion claims 2 lives, destroys 23 vehicles on Lagos/Ibadan expressway

Tanker explosion claims 2 lives, destroys 23 vehicles on Lagos/Ibadan expressway

A tanker, carrying 45,000 litres of petrol, exploded on Saturday at World Oil Filling Station after Kara Bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, claiming two lives and destroying 23 vehicles.

 

The fallen tanker resulted in fire explosion, following the trail of the spilled petrol which affected 23 other vehicles near the scene

 

The Lagos Sector FRSC Commander, Olusegun Ogungbemide, said that road safety corps and fire service personnel were initially prevented from getting to the scene by some armed hoodlums until security agents arrived at the scene.

 

He said that two corpses, identified as the tanker driver and his assistant — which were burnt beyond recognition — were recovered at the scene.

 

The FRSC boss said that the debris were removed from the scene by FRSC heavy duty tow truck along with Julius Berger equipment.

 

Ogungbemide said that the road was now open for movement, while FRSC officers were still on the ground controlling traffic and advising motorists on the alternative routes they could take.

 

He enjoined motorists to always obey all traffic rules and regulations by driving safe and staying safe at all times.

 

Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), also confirmed the accident.

 

He said that the operation commenced with police protection until the group of assailants grew larger and caused significant damage to vehicles and threats to life of the first responders.

 

He said that rescue team had earlier been forced to suspend recovery operations for safety reasons.

 

Oke-Osanyintolu said that the attack was part of a very worrisome trend of first responders being attacked in the course of their duties.

 

He urged the residents to refrain from endangering the lives of emergency responders while carrying out their lifesaving duties.

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