Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Over 50 vehicles burnt after oil tanker explodes

Over 50 vehicles burnt after oil tanker explodes

The survivor said he never envisaged that the fuel tanker which caused the fire would experience any brake failure.

A petrol tanker has caught fire in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos, killing at least nine people, officials say.

The statement added that the state government was clearing damaged vehicles from the road.

ADP, however, called on Lagosians to remain calm at this trying time and pray for the quick recovery of those who sustained various degrees of injury, just as it prayed for the repose of the departed souls. Government spokesman Kehinde Bamigbetan said it was time "to find ways of ensuring that tankers are driven by drivers who have more responsibility". He also urged motorists to continue to adhere to the safety standard and the State Traffic Laws so as to prevent a re-occurrence of such incidents.

"This is the worst we have experienced on this road". Mudashiru Obasa also commiserated with the families of victims.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) gave this update, saying the victims were burnt beyond recognition. There were 45 cars caught in the inferno, along with five buses, two trucks, inec tricycle and the tanker itself.

The crash happened at about 5:30 pm (1630 GMT) on Thursday on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, one of the main routes out of the city.

At the scene were emergency responders from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Rapid Response Squad (RRS), the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Lagos State Ambulance Services (LASAMBUS) and Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA).

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