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FW: The Lagos tanker problem is not new

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

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This article is part of our #FirstWord series to provide context on trending news.

All things point to how dangerous petrol tankers and container carrying trucks on Lagos state roads are, it is as though they’re set to destroy any and everything in sight. The recent, most popular example being a tragic tanker explosion that occurred on the 28th of June on Otedola Bridge along Lagos - Ibadan expressway consuming at least 54 cars.   


What happened?

A fully loaded 33,000 fuel tanker exploded on the bridge killing 9 people according to official reports. The tanker, which was heading inwards Berger apparently had a brake failure. While the driver was trying to control the tanker as it was moving backwards on a slope, it reportedly rammed into another vehicle spilling its inflammable content.

The tanker exploded as some motorists scampered for safety. The Lagos state fire service got to the scene in 7 minutes and commenced rescue operations. Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), the Police, State Ambulance Service and Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) were also all on the bridge after the incident to play their part.

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