On Friday, a tanker carrying 45,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit flipped at Lagos’ Otedola Bridge, resulting in many automobile crashes.
A fire broke out after the tanker with an unknown plate number collided with four automobiles.
In a statement, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, acknowledged the disaster.
“The Agency got distress calls via its toll-free number of a numerous car collision and an overturned tanker incident at Otedola Bridge and instantly deployed its resources to the scene,” LASEMA said in a statement.
When the Agency’s Tiger Squad arrived at the incident scene at the Command and Control Centre, Alausa-Ikeja, they discovered a multiple accident involving a tanker with an unknown registration number transporting 45,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, and four automobiles.
“A collaborative team of the Lagos State Fire Service, the LASEMA Fire Team, and the Nigeria Police Force fought to control the flames and the resulting traffic jams by blanketing the entire area with chemical retardant to avert a fire disaster that might result in the loss of lives and property.”
“Unfortunately, one adult guy (the tanker’s motor-boy) died as a result of the collision’s impact.”
The agency’s light-duty equipment rescued the affected cars, and efforts are underway to trans-load the contents of the tanker into another truck before it is recovered.
“While the content is being transloaded into another truck, the road has been opened for vehicle traffic.”
“Members of the public are advised to avoid illegal product scooping and igniting naked flames or fires to avoid any secondary incident that could result in the loss of lives, as the safety of Lagosians’ lives and properties is of utmost priority to the administration of Mr. Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu.”