By Simdi Gloria:-
A tanker caught fire on Otedola bridge, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway causing a heavy traffic at the Berger-Alausa-Magodo axis of Lagos State.
The PUNCH gathered that the incident happened a few minutes to 6pm.
It was learnt that the tanker, which was conveying diesel rolled over the bridge before exploding.
Many vehicles made U-turn in a bid to avoid getting caught up by the inferno..
Some passengers alighted from vehicles hurriedly.
Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, Acting Zonal Coordinator, South West Zonal Office of the National Emergency Management Agency confirmed the incident saying the accident involved a tanker, a haulage truck and a Toyota Camry 1999 model carrying, six members of the same family.
He said the tanker was fully loaded with 44,000 litres of AGO (diesel) and was moving toward Berger axis of the expressway when one of its tyres suddenly burst into flames.
Farinloye said people in the immediate vicinity of the accident had told the driver of the tanker to stop, but he reportedly tried to reverse the vehicle, thereby colliding with the other vehicles.
He said the the driver of the truck, the family of six and the tanker driver and his assistant all escaped unhurt.
He, however, said the section of the road where the accident occurred was cordoned off to allow emergency response agencies put out the fire.
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