Many stranded as tankers explode on Lagos-Ibadan expressway

Many persons were stranded when some tankers exploded at the Kara axis of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Sunday morning.

Although the incident happened after midnight, a lot of vehicles were on the bridge as a result of the curfew imposed to check the spread of coronavirus.

The federal government had ordered a nationwide curfew from 10pm to 4am and vehicles which are unable to make it to Lagos or leave the nation’s commercial capital before 10pm are usually stranded on the bridge till 4am when security operatives open the road to traffic.

Details of Sunday’s incident were initially sketchy but a witness said the fire started after a loud bang.

In a statement, Olufemi Oke-Osayintolu, director-general of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said no live was lost in the incident.

He said an articulated truck laden with 33,000litres of premium motor spirit crashed into another articulated truck while driving inward the Lagos Ibadan expressway, resulting in the inferno.

Firefighters had arrived the scene of the incident at 2am.

The Federal Fire Service later pleaded with motorists to avoid the area.

“Kara Bridge Fire, men of the Federal Fire Service are already at the scene. Please vehicular movements should be halted around the area,” the tweet read.

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