Two killed as 10 fuel tankers explode along Lagos-Ibadan expressway

 

Two persons died and five severely injured in a major fire incident which occurred on Thursday along the busy Lagos-Ibadan expressway as eight trucks and three articulated vehicles exploded on impact.

The midnight incident has caused a serious traffic gridlock, with motorists on both sides of the expressway held down for hours.

The ugly incident was said to have occurred midnight when a truck coming from Lagos end and heading towards Sagamu/Ibadan axis suddenly hit one of the parked petrol carrying vehicles beside the ever-busy expressway.

The impact of the collision on the parked truck, which is a stone throw from Danco Petrol Station, located within the Sagamu Inter-change vicinity, resulted in a massive fire, which spread to other  trucks parked nearby. The trucks subsequently went up in flames.

The fire men who came to the scene had a tough time quelling the fire. At some point, the water the fire truck brought got exhausted and fire continued to burn wrecking more and more havoc.

As at the time of filing this report, motorists coming from the Ibadan end of the road were diverted to another route to continue their journeys to and to enable those coming from Lagos to make use of the only available way.

In the same vein, the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency {TRACE} officials have been drafted to the scene, to control the hectic traffic and tow the burnt vehicles from the scene.

Speaking to journalists, the Agency Unit Commander of Mowe-Ibafo, Olusola Johnson Ojuoro, said his men were on ground to clear the scene and control the congested traffic. He also narrated details of the incident.

“The incident occurred midnight as a result of an oncoming truck hit one of the parked petrol carrying trucks beside the expressway, which is close to the Sagamu Inter-change. It was as a result of the impact that explosion occurred, while the fire attracted other parked trucks and consumed them”.

The traffic official said efforts were ongoing to take out all the affected vehicles and make the roads motorable again.

In his reaction, the Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Commission {FRSC}, Ogun State Command, Ayobami Omiyale, said that two unidentified persons were burnt beyond recognition.

He said their corpses have been deposited at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital {OSUTH}, Sagamu.

Mr. Omiyale also said five people were critically injured and currently receiving treatment.

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