Scores of people narrowly escaped death on Sunday when a tanker laden with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularly called fuel exploded in Lagos while on motion.
The accident which occurred on the Odo Iya Alaro bridge in Ojota enroute Maryland at about 3pm caused major panic among motorists who struggled to pull back from the accident scene to avoid serial burning of cars.
The smoke billowing from the burning tanker took over the entire bridge making it impossible for free flow of traffic. Vehicles parked on the bridge as drivers could not drive through the smoke. The resulting traffic hold up stretched to as far as Mile 12 area thus leaving many commuters stranded
Daily Champion correspondent who was cut in the wed of the confusion created the by accident reported that many of the motorists abandoned their vehicles as they scamper to safety.
Although it was not certain as to what caused the accident, the incident resulted in heavy traffic gridlock with motorists forcing their way through the maiden to the other side of the road. No life was lost in the accident although traffic was held down for over one hour as efforts were made to create alternative routes for motorists with the officers of the Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LATSMA)
The incidence of fuel tanker fire has become an almost everyday occurance in cities like Lagos and Onitsha in Anambra State
It will be recalled that a tanker loaded with 33,000 litres of petrol with registration number KJA-900XR, got burnt on Saturday on the Otedola Bridge inward Berger. The Public Affairs Officer of LASEMA, Mr. Nusa Okunbor confirmed in a statement in Lagos.
According to him, an investigation revealed that the tanker experienced tyre burst while in motion.
“The tyres of the tanker caught fire due to continuous motion and led to an outbreak of fire due to heat generated by the motion.
“The fire has been extinguished. No casualty or injury was recorded. “The Lagos State Fire Service, LASEMA and the Tiger Team are on ground to prevent the occurrence of a secondary accident, as frantic efforts are on to plug oil leaks,” Okunbor said.
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