Pandemonium, as diesel tanker explodes on Otedola Bridge

Pandemonium, as diesel tanker explodes on Otedola Bridge

A tanker conveying diesel on Saturday evening rolled over and exploded on the Michael Otedola Bridge, causing panic among commuters plying the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

 

Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, Acting Zonal Coordinator, South West Zonal Office, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), who confirmed the accident, said that the mishap occurred around 5.30 p.m.

 

He said that the accident involved a tanker, a haulage truck and a Toyota Camry 1999 model carrying six members of the same family.

 

Farinloye said that the tanker was fully loaded with 44,000 litres of AGO (diesel) and was moving toward the Berger axis of the expressway when one of its tyres suddenly burst into flames.

 

 

He said that people in the immediate vicinity of the accident reportedly called on the driver of the tanker to stop but he tried to reverse the vehicle instead of stopping, thereby ramming into other vehicles.

 

Farinloye, however, said that the driver of the haulage truck, the family of six as well as the tanker driver and his assistant escaped unhurt.

 

He said that the section of the road where the accident occurred was cordoned off to enable emergency response agencies to put out the fire.

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