It was black Thursday in Lagos yesterday, as a fully-loaded 33,000-litre fuel tanker exploded on Otedola Bridge along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, killing many people and razing about 67 vehicles.
Vanguard gathered that some of the victims’ body were from the drain beside the road. Speaking to one of the survival, Adewale Adesanya, told Vanguard that they never envisaged that the truck would experience any brake failure.
Adesanya narrated that immediately the vehicle experienced brake failure, it fell and started spilling it’s contents. “Due to the state of the road, I saw the content spilling towards my vehicle with fire accompanying it. So I quickly ran out of the vehicle and cross to the other side to avoid being caught in the inferno.”
Another commuter, Micheal Simon, whose car was razed, said: “I am happy I didn’t die while trying to escape from the scene. I tried manoeuvring my vehicle to avoid being burnt but my efforts proved abortive.” Maria Oje, another eyewitness described her escape as the handiwork of God.
She narrated, in tears, how she saw some motorists’ failed attempt to run for safety. Her words: “One of them, who was on fire, fell down, as he could not run any longer.
Nobody could rescue them as everyone was also running for dear life.” President Muhammadu Buhari last night expressed shock and sorrow over the fire incident in Lagos, in which many people were feared killed with several vehicles burnt.
The President was sad to learn of the tragic loss of lives, tens of vehicles, property and other valuables in the petrol tanker fire. He expressed his deepest condolences to the government and people of Lagos on this tragedy.
A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu quoted the President as saying, “Sadly, this seems to be one of the greatest tragedies we have seen in recent times .”