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

Aaron Brown
June 29, 2018

Remains of the victims are being extricated from the burnt vehicles while those who sustain severe injuries are being rushed to the nearby hospitals.

Addressing newsmen at the scene after assessing the situation, Ambode directed the emergency response teams and other relevant government agencies to ensure the immediate removal of all the burnt vehicles from the road. "My vehicle has been consumed in the fire I am happy I am alive".

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, is grieved by the death of those who lost their lives to the tanker explosion that occurred along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Thursday.

Adesina Tiamiyu told newsmen at the scene of the incident that the tanker fell around 5:53pm and exploded, while vehicle behind it were caught in the fire.

"I want to commiserate with all the families of those that have lost their lives".

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President Muhammadu Buhari has also reacted to the incident, describing it as sad and regrettable, adding that it is one "of the biggest tragedies in Nigeria". "Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this time of pain and grief", the statement read.

Governor Ambode said though lives were lost to the unfortunate incident, but that he would take solace in the fact that more lives were saved, just as he admonished residents to always give access to emergency responders during such incidents. 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.

"I pray to God to give the victims' families the fortitude to bear the loss", Obasa said in a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS) Musbau Rasak.

The FRSC also said in its update that 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.

According to the video below, the incident happened yesterday, June 28, on the Otedola Bridge in Lagos, Nigeria.

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