Again, diesel tanker explodes at Otedola estate bridge, Lagos

By our reporter| A tanker conveying petroleum products exploded on Saturday near Otedola Estate on the outbound service lane of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

According to an eyewitness account, one of the tyres of the tanker caught fire before the whole tanker later went up in flames at about 5:30pm as the tanker driver was not aware that the tyre had caught fire until the people around called his attention to it.

Emergency officials including the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), the Fire Service, among others, battled to put out the fire on Saturday evening.

In a statement, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency said no injuries were recorded in the incident but the extent of property damaged was still being determined.

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The statement read, “The Agency has responded . . . and upon arrival of the Agency’s officials at the incident scene, it was observed that a tanker conveying an unknown amount of diesel fell spilling its content which resulted to an explosion that affected a truck conveying goods.”

The statement added that rescue and recovery operations were ongoing.

The Otedola section of the Expressway has become notorious for related accidents.

Two months ago, a tanker loaded with petrol exploded on Otedola Bridge burning many vehicles in the process.

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