NEWS FLAKES gathers that a conservative 100 persons and equivalent number of vehicles have been consumed in an inferno in Lagos.
An eye witness account has it that the fire incident occurred at about 5 O’clock yesterday evening when a tanker conveying petrol lost balance and fell on the Lagos/Ibadan express way, near Otedola Estate, about one kilometer to Berger bus stop, thereby causing explosion and subsequent inferno.
As at the time of filing this report, the entire expressway was condoned off thereby causing heavy vehicular traffic towards the Lagos end of the old toll gate, while movement of vehicles going towards Mowe/Ibafo (Ogun State) was completely grounded.
Officials of a combined team of the Lagos emergency management agency, Federal Road Safety Corps, Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Traffic Management Agency and the Police were busy on a rescue mission and were not ready to make any comments.
But in a statement exclusively made available to NEWS FLAKES NG, a senior officer in the FRSC disclosed thus:
Time of crash :1730hrs
Time of Response :1740hrs
Report time :10minutes
Route :LA/IB (Otedola,outward Lagos)
No. of pple invl:
No. Killed 9 as the time of filling the report
No of vehicles involved :54 (1 tanker, 5 buses, 2 trucks, 1 tricycle, 45 cars
Number of Injured : 4
Reg number: Not acertain as all the vehicles are burnt
Causes: Break failure from laden fuel tanker
Action Taken :Joint rescue operation involving FRSC, Lasema, NPF, RRS, NSCDC, Lagos State Fire service, LASTMA