PHOTOS: Many Feared Dead, Vehicles Got Burnt As Tanker Explodes In Lagos

No fewer than 9 people have been killed in the fuel tanker mishap on Otedola bridge in Lagos Thursday afternoon.

The bridge leads to Berger area and connects the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

In footage captured by passers-by, many vehicles were still on fire triggered by the explosion.

As at 7:50 pm, Adesina Tiamiyu, General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said the agency got to call an on its 112 emergency line around 5:23 pm.

The official explained that the inferno occurred when a fuel tanker moving on the Otedola bridge fell and spilt its content.

“We quickly moved in and commenced rescue operation in conjunction with the Nigeria Police, FRSC, State Environmental Monitoring Unit (SEHMU), NSCDC, LASAMBUS, LASTMA and Lagos State Fire Service”, he said.

“A total of 54 vehicles completely razed. 9 bodies were burnt beyond recognition; currently, there are 4 critically injured persons who have been taking to the hospital.

“Affected vehicles were coming from the 7Up axis and Otedola estate were going inward Berger.

“While efforts are on to reduce the traffic gridlock caused by the accident, we advise road users to use the Ogudu area as well as the 7Up route to Agindingbi”, Tiamiyu added.

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