‘Nine killed, 54 vehicles’ burnt in Lagos tanker fire

Fire on Otedola Bridge put Out | BellaNaija

Motorists that spoke with LEADERSHIP said such accidents have become rampant on the Otedola Bridge axis of the Lagos -Ibadan expressway, urging the Federal and Lagos State Government to do something about the sloppiness of the bridge.

Nine people were killed and 53 vehicles got burnt when an oil tanker caught fire in Nigeria's largest city Lagos on Thursday, Reuters reported.

According to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), two vehicles, a commercial bus and a Toyota Hiace colluded inward Lagos, opposite the scene of Thursday's accident.

The statement says fire, police and other authorities are on the scene amid efforts to clear the road of the destroyed vehicles.

Below is a footage of what happened moments before the incident.

Blocks are often put behind the wheels of ageing, rusting trucks when they are stationary in traffic.

The stricken tanker in Thursday's crash was carrying 33,000 litres (8,700 United States gallons) of petrol at the time.

Bolarinwa Dolarinwa Mufutau, a roadside mechanic, said he had just finished repairing a auto when he saw the tanker rolling back on the road.

He said the cause of the accident was brake failure. Petrol then began pouring from the tanker and a fire erupted.

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