Otedola Bridge fire: We never wish for incidents like - Ambode

29 June, 2018, 15:34 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Over 50 cars destroyed in horrific gas tanker explosion on Nigerian expressway (VIDEOS)

"We are removing the burnt vehicles from the road in order to ease traffic congestion". As of the time of filling this report, officials of LASTMA, FRSC, LASEMA, Police, fire services, among others were still at the scene trying to evacuate the tanker and vehicles from the expressway to free the road for vehicular movement. The statement added that the state government was clearing damaged vehicles from the road.

Another commuter, Micheal Simon, whose auto was razed, said: "I am happy I didn't die while trying to escape from the scene".

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, is grieved by the death of those who lost their lives to the tanker explosion that occurred along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Thursday.

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Nine people have died after an oil-carrying tanker truck crashed and burst into flames on a bridge in Lagos, Nigerian officials said. Many vehicles caught fire in the process.

"We extend our deepest commiseration to the families of persons who lost their lives as well as properties to the incident".

In a statement, Kehinde Bamigbetan, commissioner for information, described the incident as a sad development, saying it is "most unfortunate and regrettable".

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"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.

Ambode thanked the people for their patience and assured them that the state government would continue to put measures in place to mitigate such incidents in future. The accident, outward Lagos, happened around 5.30pm.

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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