Nine killed, 53 vehicles burnt as oil tanker catches fire in Lagos

Nine killed, 53 vehicles burnt as oil tanker catches fire in Lagos

Nine killed, 53 vehicles burnt as oil tanker catches fire in Lagos

Also the The Lagos State Government has commiserated with families of victims who lost their lives and property in a fatal tanker explosion which occurred on Thursday evening on Otedola Bridge, inward Ojodu Berger area of the State.

ANA reported that a child was among the nine people who died after an oil-carrying tanker truck crashed and burst into flames on the bridge.

"Unfortunately maybe lost control and then spilled nearly all its contents on the road and there was an explosion which caught up with a lot of vehicles".

"Motorists are advised to avoid the scene of inferno".

The Lagos state government has commiserated with families of victims of the explosion.

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".

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"Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this time and pain and grief".

Mr Bamigbetan said Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had assured that clearing the highway of burnt vehicles to establish normal flow of traffic would continue throughout the night until the objective is achieved.

"I want to also thank the people for being patience with us".

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) gave this update, saying the victims were burnt beyond recognition. There were four other serious injuries.

The tanker, five buses, two trucks, a tricycle and 45 cars got burnt.

The accident happened on a motorway that connects Lagos and the city of Ibadan, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) spokesman Adeshina Tiamiyu said.

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