Over 50 cars destroyed in horrific gas tanker explosion on Nigerian expressway

30 June, 2018, 18:46 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Over 50 cars destroyed in horrific gas tanker explosion on Nigerian expressway (VIDEOS)

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock and sorrow over Thursday's fire incident in Lagos where many people are feared killed with several vehicles burnt.

Speaking on the incident, LASEMA General Manager, Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu said when they got to the scene of the incident after being alerted, it was discovered that a Mack tanker truck loaded with 33 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) fell and spilled its content on the road, which resulted into a huge fire.

He expressed his deepest condolences to the government and people of Lagos on this tragedy.

The tanker was said to be heading towards Berger, outwards Lagos, when the incident occurred. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this time of pain and grief.

"This is the worst we have experienced on this road".

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon.

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House of Assembly Speaker Mudashiru Obasa also condoled with the families of the victims.

A petrol tanker has caught fire in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos, killing at least nine people, officials say.

He described it as "a sad development and I share the feeling of those who lost their loved ones in this incident".

Four other victims with serious burn injuries were also rushed to hospital.

As of the time of filling this report, officials of LASTMA, FRSC, LASEMA, Police, fire services, among others were still at the scene trying to evacuate the tanker and vehicles from the expressway to free the road for vehicular movement. He added that the tanker, five buses, two trucks, a tricycle and 45 cars were burnt out.

According to Bisi Kazeem, spokesman of the FRSC, the cause of accident was brake failure suffered by the petrol laden tanker.

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