Again, Tanker Fire Engulfs Otedola Bridge In Lagos

By Benjamin Omoike

A tanker fire incident, has again, engulfed the Otedola bridge in Lagos State.

The incident occured at about 2:20 am on Saturday.

According to the spokesman of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Nosa Okunbor, there were no casualties recorded.

According to him, upon arrival at the incident scene, it was discovered that a 40feet containerized truck loaded with fabric, had a brake failure while moving inward Berger. It then collided with a tanker loaded with 33000 liters of PMS. The impact of the collision, he stated, resulted in fire outbreak.

“The incident, which occurred when a trailer laden with fabrics was experiencing mechanical error, crashed into an oil tanker on motion but recorded no casualties nor injuries.

“However, the fire affected the 40ft containerised truck and high tension wire in the incident, which was transmitted on the Agency’s 767/112 Emergency Toll Free Lines at 2:49Am with a three- minute response time.

“On arrival at scene of the incident, it was discovered that a tanker loaded with PMS was engulfed by fire. Information gathered revealed that the fire started at about 2:20 am and the cause could not yet be ascertained (then).”

He insisted that no casualty was  recorded and that the combined effort by Lagos State Fire Fighters and LASEMA Response Team ensured that the fire was put out out.

He added that the LASEMA Response Team, LRU Fire, Lagos State Fire service, FRSC and LNSC were all present at the incident scene.

He, however, stressed that, “no casualty was recorded. However, the fire affected the 40ft containerised truck and high tension wire. A stationary truck with registration number KBG 91 XA containing PMS, which wasn’t involved in the collision was equally affected by the fire.”

He said, at the time of this report, that damping down at the scene of the accident, had been concluded; adding that LASEMA heavy duty evacuation equipment was to commence operation soon.

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