2 die in Oshodi-Apapa Ex­press­way tanker fire

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Eu­gene Agha, Lagos

Two per­sons died while sev­eral oth­ers were in­jured af­ter an oil tanker caught fire on the Oshodi-Apapa Ex­press­way yes­ter­day.

It was gath­ered that a 33,000-litre tanker car­ry­ing fuel fell at Cele Bus Stop area, spilling its con­tent on the road and in­side drainage lines.

The tanker was said to have been com­ing from one of the de­pots at Kirikiri and was head­ing to­wards Oshodi when it fell in the mid­dle of the road. A wit­ness said the tanker driver was on top speed and that he lost con­trol of the truck when he sighted some peo­ple try­ing to cross the road.

Ac­cord­ing to the wit­ness, the driver slammed down on his break, caus­ing the truck to swerve from side to side un­til it fell al­most by the side of the pedes­trian bridge at Cele.

A com­mer­cial bus driver, Ka­reem Akindele, told Daily Trust that some of the in­jured per­sons were among the hood­lums who be­sieged the place to scoop fuel. “Two per­sons died in the in­ci­dent. Both the in­jured and the de­ceased were taken away by res­cuers from the Lagos State Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (LASEMA),” he added.

Ve­hic­u­lar move­ment from that axis slowed con­sid­er­ably be­tween 5pm and 7pm yes­ter­day as the gridlock had stretched for kilo­me­tres.

Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer of NEMA in the South West Re­gion, Ibrahim Farin­loye, who con­firmed the in­ci­dent, said only one per­son died.

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