Multiple tanker explosion rocks Lagos/Ibadan expressway [update]
Multiple tankers have been engulfed in explosion along Lagos/Ibadan expressway on Tuesday.
Several tankers were caught in the inferno after one of them caught fire.
The details of the fire is yet to be determined by government officials.
According to report by the Nation, two persons were burnt to death and 13 vehicles, including trucks razed when a petroleum tanker fell on the road and exploded at the proposed new Kara Market, Ogere-Remo, Ogun State, along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The tanker explosion which occurred around 4am on Tuesday, touched – off a huge inferno, razing vehicles parked by the roadside and those trapped in an ensuing gridlock on the ever busy Lagos – Ibadan expressway.
Ogun state Deputy Governor Engineer Noimot Salako-Oyedele who led a government delegation to the scene, expressed sadness over the significant loss of property at the site, and conveyed the government’s sympathetic to the affected people.
She said that following briefing by the relevant agencies that responded to the emergency, there have been two casualties from the inferno, which also caused serious gridlock on the road.
According to her, 13 vehicles were involved in the accident which occurred when a fuel laden tanker collided with another vehicle and burst into flames.
She thanked the operatives of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Police, Fire Service and Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) for responding swiftly to the emergency, thereby helping to limit the tragic loss of lives.
TRACE Public Relations Officer, Babatunde Akinbiyi, said trailer bearing petroleum product fell on road after colliding with another truck, explaining that the explosion affected seven other trucks and six other vehicles cars in the process.