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Explosion as truck, fuel tanker collide in Lagos


An head-on collision between a 40-feet container truck and a petrol tanker resulted in an explosion on the Otedola Bridge along Lagos/Ibadan expressway on Saturday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accident occurred at 2.00 a.m. when the truck, loaded with fabric, had a brake failure while moving towards Berger.

In the process, the truck collided with a tanker loaded with 33000 litres of PMS.

The impact of the collision resulted in an explosion.

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

“On arrival at the incident scene, it was discovered that a 40-feet containerised truck loaded with fabric had a brake failure while moving inward Berger.

“The truck collided with a tanker loaded with 33000 litres of PMS (petrol) while the impact of the collision resulted in the fire outbreak.

“No casualty was recorded.

“However, the fire affected the 40ft containerized truck and high tension wire at the spot,’’ Mr Oke-Osanyintolu told NAN.

He advised commuters to take the Ojota or 7UP exits until the backlog of traffic eases.

He said that the Agency’s responders, LRU Fire, Lagos State Fire service, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and Lagos Neighbourhood Security Corps (LNSC) were all present at the incident scene.

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The LASEMA boss said that the damping down has been concluded while the agency’s equipment would remove the vehicles from the thoroughfare.

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A resident of the area, Johnson Adeoye, told NAN that the tanker lost control and rammed unto a trailer with the container.

Mr Adeoye said that upon the crash, there was fire outbreak which led to the explosion. (NAN)


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