Tanker explosion locks down Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

A tanker explosion on Tuesday night has caused a serious gridlock on Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Eye-witness accounts reveal that a 33,000 capacity tanker conveying premium motor spirit otherwise known as petrol, collided with a concrete road median in front of Mountain Top University causing the tanker to lose control and its eventual fall.

Unfortunately, some miscreants took advantage of the situation to scoop fuel from the tanker after the ugly incident occurred.

Root cause
One of those who escaped the disaster, Mr Henry Fredrick Imo said he was initially stuck in the traffic congestion as a result of the fallen tanker, but trouble started when one of the drivers decided to start his car after the commuters had been warned not to do so.

“I was coming home when the incident took place; the drivers were asked to turn-off their engines and just push their vehicles to safe places but suddenly someone started his car engine and the crisis started,” I had to run for my dear life, people left their cars while some passengers ran out of commercial vehicles, can you imagine people jumping out through the window of luxury buses” Frederick Imo stressed.

He added that a gas tanker was also caught-up in the fire which then led to many cars being affected.

Another eyewitness, Mr Taiwo Daramola who got home on Wednesday morning due to the ugly situation put the blame on those scooping petrol from the fallen tanker.
According to Mr Daramola who gave a different version of the story- “there was no fire initially, even when the content of the tanker spilled on the road, but those guys decided to unlock the tanker’s discharge point and that was what led to the explosion.”

Reports have it that some of those involved in the scooping of the fuel were killed in the explosion while some casualties were also as a result of injuries sustained.

The spill-over effect of the incident however was felt all the way to the Redemption Camp and the Sagamu interchange on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

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