Scores es­cape death af­ter petrol tanker ac­ci­dent

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - THE METRO SECTION - By Odita Sun­day

SCORES of per­sons mirac­u­lously es­caped be­ing burnt to death along the Lasu-igando road, in La­gos yes­ter­day when a truck car­ry­ing 33,000 liters of Petrol Met­ric Spirit (PMS) pop­u­larly called petrol over­turned, with its con­tent spilled on the road and drainage.

It was gath­ered that the tanker driver lost con­trol of the truck as a re­sult of brake fail­ure and rammed into two ve­hi­cles at Obadore bus-stop. The truck was par­tially burnt, while a Toy­ota Hilux and an­other ve­hi­cle were dam- aged be­yond re­pairs.

The ac­ci­dent, which oc­curred just few me­tres away from the bridge at Obadore caused heavy traf­fic snarl on both sides of the road. Two per­sons who were in the trapped ve­hi­cles suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries and were taken to the Igando Gen­eral hospi- tal.

An eye­wit­ness said the truck had gone to load fuel at the NNPC de­pot at Ejigbo and was head­ing to a petrol sta­tion when the in­ci­dent oc­curred. Mo­torists fran­ti­cally made U-turns for fear of an ex­plo­sion.

“Some mo­torists even aban­doned their ve­hi­cles and ran away from the scene, lead­ing to com­mo­tion around Ake­san area when po­lice­men from Igando who thought that peo­ple were flee­ing from armed rob­ber mounted a road­block,” the eye­wit­ness said.

It was re­li­ably gath­ered many oth­ers who live close to the scene of in­ci­dent were trapped in their houses. Res­cue op­er­a­tives from the La­gos State Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (LASEMA), po­lice­men, Fed­eral Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Rapid Re­sponse Squad (RRS) and of­fi­cials of the state fire ser­vice quickly mo­bi­lized to the area.

De­spite the in­her­ent dan­ger posed by the spill, sev­eral street urchins also known as ‘area boys’ were sighted scoop­ing fuel into 50-litre jerry cans.

The Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer of LASEMA, Ke­hinde Ade­bayo, who con­firmed the in­ci­dent, how­ever said no­body died in the ac­ci­dent.

“The agency re­ceived a dis­tress call of a mul­ti­ple ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing a tanker which spilled its con­tent. Upon ar­rival at the in­ci­dent scene, it was ob­served that a tanker con­vey­ing PMS be­long­ing to Hey­den pe­tro­leum col­lided with two pick up trucks, which re­sulted to spillage of the tanker’s con­tent. The af­fected ve­hi­cles had been re­cov­ered and evac­u­ated off the road to a safe place,” he said.

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