Tanker fire worsens Lagos-Ibadan expressway gridlock

On the Long Bridge axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, a petrol-filled tanker collided with a sport utility vehicle on Sunday and detonated.
The encounter, according to PUNCH Metro, took place around 4.30 pm.
A team of emergency responders, including police officers, representatives from the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency, and the State Fire and Safety Service, were on the scene when our correspondent inspected it.
Due to some vehicles driving against traffic to escape the fire, the incident also resulted in gridlock along the axis.

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The driver of the SUV was traveling at maximum speed as he attempted to pass some other vehicles, according to an eyewitness who only went by the name Omogbolan. He immediately managed to pass three cars; however, the tanker was already in the lane when he attempted to turn back to the left, which is how the car collided with it.
The mishap did not result in any casualties.
The truck driver, who only went by the name Hamid, blamed the SUV driver for the collision.

“I was on the fast lane near the kerb when the driver was attempting to overtake,” he claimed. He plowed into my tire after passing a few cars. I let go of power during the process, which led to ascended the curb. The truck flipped over and caught fire in this manner.

“He has informed the police that his tire burst caused him to crash into me. I am awaiting the proprietor of the tanker.
Ahmed Umar, the FRSC’s Ogun State Sector Commander, claimed that a tyre burst was to blame for the mishap.
The SUV’s burst tire caused it to lose control, swerve in the direction of the tanker, and cause the mishap, the man claimed. Our employees who were manning the passageway managed to free the two adults and two children who were in the car.
The fire couldn’t be extinguished right away, according to Ojo Oloye, the unit leader of TRACE for the OPIC and MFM axis¬†gasoline that’s still inside the tanker.
“Firemen have made an effort to douse the flames. They have gone to refill after running out of water. Along with the police and FRSC officials, our guys are attempting to manage the traffic, the official said.



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