Over 20 vehicles held in traffic, have been reportedly burnt to ashes as petrol tanker catches fire along the Otedola bridge, of Lagos Ibadan expressway.
As at the time of this report, over 10 persons have been reported dead
Rasaki Musibau, Director of the Lagos State Fire Services, who is still at the scene of the accident told PREMIUM TIMES the tanker had petrol before the accident.
The tanker was heading out of Lagos towards the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway when the crash occurred, causing panic and fear after the blaze engulfed at least 30 other vehicles.
The bridge is on the outside metropolis and it is usually busy in late afternoons.
As of the time of filing this report, tens of vehicles were caught in the inferno, and many feared dead.
Although official figure as to the number of casualties was yet to be ascertained, it was gathered that over 40 cars have been razed and its occupants.
It was also learnt that the casualty figure might be on the high side because of the huge vehicular traffic on the bridge before the explosion went off.
Meanwhile, emergency workers from Lagos state emergency Management Authority and Lagos fire service are reportedly at the scene while a police source said 10 bodies have been recovered.
Spokesman of the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Bisi Kazeem, said:
“A crash involving a fallen loaded tanker crash has occurred around Otedola bridge on the outward Lagos section of the expressway. Many vehicles caught fire in the process.
“Motorists are advised to avoid the scene of the inferno.”
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