10 burnt to death, 57 vehicles destroyed by tanker fire

Over 50 cars destroyed in horrific gas tanker explosion on Nigerian expressway (VIDEOS)

Over 50 cars destroyed in horrific gas tanker explosion on Nigerian expressway (VIDEOS)

Tragedy struck yesterday on the ever busy Lagos -Ibadan Expressway when a petrol Tanker lost control, spilled its content, exploded and killed about nine pedestrians. "I tried maneuvering my vehicle to avoid been burnt but my efforts proved abortive".

According to him, the priority now is to ensure the survival of those people who could still be in danger.

The FRSC also said in its update that the victims were burnt beyond recognition.

The incident took place around 5.30 pm (10 pm Indian time) on a motorway connecting Lagos to the city of Ibadan, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency said.

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A dashcam footage of the moment preceeding the Thursday, June 28, tanker explosion on Otedola bridge in Lagos has emerged. The Government, in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, described the incident as a sad development, saying that the incident was most unfortunate and regrettable.

"The Agency's LASEMA Response Team, men of Lagos State Fire Service, LRU fire, LSNC, NSCDC, FRSC, LASAMBUS, LASTMA, SEHMU, LSPWC and Nigeria Police Force from Alausa and Isheri Division were the responders at the scene".

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. There were 45 cars caught in the inferno, along with five buses, two trucks, INEC tricycle and the tanker.

A spokesman for the Federal Road Safety Commission, Bisi Kazeem, said the crash happened around Otedola bridge on the section of the road heading out of Lagos.

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