9 dead, 54 vehicles burned as oil truck catches fire after crash

Scene of the explosion

A tanker carrying fuel has exploded along the Otedola Bridge end of Berger in Lagos.

"This is quite unfortunate; we are actually on the spot to see what is happening here and like most people must have been aware, this is a tanker that was carrying 33,000 litres of PMS attempting to climb on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway towards the Kara Bridge and unfortunately maybe lost control and then spilled nearly all the 33,000 litres on the road and there was an explosion which caught up with a lot of vehicles".

Over 10 other vehicles with their occupants were caught in the fire that is raging with thick smoke.

"Motorists are advised to avoid the scene of inferno".

"On behalf of the Lagos State Government, we extend our deepest commiseration to the families of persons who lost their lives as well as properties to the incident". Nigeria is one of Africa's top oil producers. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this time of pain and grief.

The commissioner said that Governor Ambode has directed all relevant agencies to move into the area to normalise the apprehension that had taken over the area and to also ensure that those in need are adequately taken care of.

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He said this was necessary so as to open up the road for normal traffic.

"I pray to God to give the victims' families the fortitude to bear the loss", Obasa said in a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS) Musbau Rasak.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) gave this update, saying the victims were burnt beyond recognition.

The accident, outward Lagos, happened around 5.30pm today.

Remains of the victims are being extricated from the burnt vehicles while those who sustain severe injuries are being rushed to the nearby hospitals.

Eyewitnesses said the accident occurred after a tanker laden with petrol had a brake failure and hit the median of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway; the busiest expressway and gateway into the nation's commercial capital.

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