Lagos: 20 vehicles burn as petrol tanker explodes in FESTAC


A tanker laden with petrol on Wednesday fell and spilled its content exploding into flames that consumed 20 vehicles and four commercial motorcycles on the Festac Link Bridge in Awuwo Odofin LGA of Lagos State.

The fire, which started at noon, raged for about an hour when fire fighters arrived the scene but did not have enough water to put out the fire. It is still unclear if any life was lost in the incident.

An eyewitness, Mr. Olufemi Popoola, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the FESTAC Town-bound tanker, coming from Apple Junction, was ascending the bridge but suddenly rolled back and fell.

The witness stated that the impact of the fall separated the tank from the truck’s body, resulting in an explosion.

Popoola, who lives in FESTAC, said some residents and passers-by confronted the fire with buckets of water to no avail.

He stated that the fire from the articulated vehicle spilled over to nearby vehicles, forcing their occupants to run, abandoning them.

“The fire then spilled into a car shop on the foot of the bridge, burning some of the cars, while the attendants quickly drove out some.

“Furniture items, bags and boxes displayed for sale on the foot of the bridge were all burnt,’’ he told NAN.

NAN reports that the vehicles burnt included a 2010 Toyota Highlander and a commercial bus.

The fire has already caused traffic snarl on the bridge and in the adjoining roads.

A crowd of affected persons and sympathisers gathered at the scene to lament the situation. An owner of one of the burnt motorcycles, Mr. Akuko Okoli, disclosed that he escaped death by the whiskers.

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