9 die, 54 motor vehicles burnt in tanker fire
Buhari, Ambode sympathise with victims’ households
No much less than nine people today died and about 54 motor vehicles burnt yesterday in the course of a tanker fireplace outbreak on Otedola Bridge, a Lagos suburb on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Four people today – two of them critically – were wounded as people caught in the fire tried using to escape.
The accident transpired at the peak of targeted visitors as workers were being returning household all around 5pm just after the shut of perform. It led to major visitors snarl in and out of the state.
Emergency workers experienced a tricky time accessing the scene as a end result of the site visitors and the crowd that collected near the scene.
It was learnt that a tanker laden with petrol fell though ascending the bridge, spilling its information and caught hearth.
The Common Supervisor, Lagos Condition Emergency Administration Agency (LASEMA), Adesina Tiamiyu, claimed: “Nine bodies had been recovered and four hurt people. Two of the injured were in essential condition. They have all been moved to the medical center.
“We are eradicating the burnt vehicles from the street in buy to relieve site visitors congestion.
“We recommend men and women travelling to Ibadan or outside the house Lagos to use alternate routes.”
The spokesman for the Federal Street Protection Corps (FRSC), Bisi Kazeem, attributed the cause of the incident that led to the inferno to a “brake failure”.
According to him, the influenced autos comprised of the gas tanker, 5 buses, two vehicles, a person tricycle, and 45 automobiles.
He explained the registration quantities of the influenced autos could not be ascertained “as all the autos were burnt.”
The Commander of the Lagos Point out crime-preventing outfit – Speedy Reaction Squad (RRS) – Tunji Disu, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), stated his adult men that they experienced difficult time controlling the group. He appealed to citizens to prevent overcrowding catastrophe scenes.
Many eyewitnesses disputed the emergency services’ casualty figure. In accordance to them, quite a few much more died or were being wounded.
The motorboy of a truck parked a handful of metres away discovered himself as Stephen Daniel.
Daniel mentioned he viewed the incident unfold, declaring he counted additional than nine bodies.
He claimed: “I was beside my truck when the incident transpired. I think it was brake failure. I noticed the truck reduce command and strike the pillar. The tank broke absent from the head of the truck and opened. Fuel started out gushing out. The driver of a auto powering the truck tried out to reverse, but the car brought on a spark and the tanker caught fire.”
In accordance to Daniel, the casualty was larger than the official figure.
“The bodies I saw have been far more than 16. They ended up primarily little ones,” he claimed.
Yet another eyewitness, who gave his identify only as Seyi, explained he ran toward the scene of the fire from Alausa, just right before the crisis expert services began evacuating casualties.
He claimed: “I function in the vicinity of Alausa. The lifeless were lots of. They set them in overall body baggage and rushed them away. They have been absolutely more than 10.”
A female, who identified herself as Ann, reported she was in her shop nearby when the fire broke out.
“We ran away as soon as the truck exploded. There was a bus filled with youngsters not much from the truck. I don’t know if they managed to escape,” she mentioned.
Home of Assembly Speaker Mudashiru Obasa also condoled with the family members of the victims.
He explained it as “a unhappy development and I share the emotion of people who misplaced their beloved kinds in this incident.
“I pray to God to give the victims’ people the fortitude to bear the loss,” Obasa explained in a condolence concept signed by his Main Press Secretary (CPS) Musbau Rasak.