There was panic in the early hours of Sunday along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway when an articulated truck, laden with 33,000litres of premium motor spirit, crashed into another articulated truck while driving inward Lagos. The impact of the crash resulted in an inferno, it was learnt.
Omole and Berger said the sound of the explosion woke them up. Emergency officials, comprising the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), the state fire service and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) are on the ground at the moment to clear the road.
Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, DG/CEO LASEMA, had said no lives were lost while three articulated trucks were destroyed by the inferno. However, in an update released by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), rescue operations have so far recovered a burnt body beyond recognition at the scene.
Rescue operations were still ongoing at the scene of the accident involving three tankers and a truck. Providing update at 9:00 a.m., Mr Olusegun Ogungbemide, FRSC Lagos State Sector Commander, said that two injured persons been moved to the hospital. “The inferno as a result of the explosion is almost getting to an end. “The fire services are still here from Lagos and Ogun states. “So far, we have been able to move two casualties to the General Hospital Gbagada.
“One was burnt beyond recognition. “The accident involved three tankers and one truck.
“Two of the tankers carrying petrol, another carrying gas and an articulated truck,” he said. On the possible cause of the accident, Ogungbemide, who noted that investigation was still ongoing, said that observations revealed that one of the tankers lost control and rammed into others which resulted in the explosion.
“It was a loss of control.
“One of the tankers that rammed into other vehicles either had brake failure or got distracted. “Investigation is still on, we can’t just be accurate now,” he said.