By Chux Odoh
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency LASEMA, has said that a minor was among the 9 persons burnt beyond recognition. This is according to a statement released this morning agency while giving an update of the Otedola tanker explosion that happened last night.
The accident happened around 5: 30 PM, a period when many Lagosians ply the ever busy route while on their way back from work. Officials of the Agency are still clearing up the debris from the scene of the tragedy while members of the Federal Road Safety Corps are making sure there is a free flow of traffic.
Read the full statement below:
On getting to the scene of the incident it was discovered that a Mack tanker truck loaded with 33 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) moving inward Berger at about 5:23pm, fell and spilt its content on the road resulting into fire outbreak. Further investigation by the Lasema Response Team. Unfortunately, 9 bodies were confirmed dead and recovered from the scene (8 adults and 1 minor) and 4 persons sustained various degrees of injuries and taken to the hospital. A total number of 54 vehicles were completely burnt as a result of the inferno.
The Agency’s LASEMA Response Team, men of Lagos State Fire Service, LRU fire, LSNC, NSCDC, FRSC, LASAMBUS, LASTMA, SEHMU, LSPWC and Nigeria Police Force from Alausa and Isheri Division were the responders present at the scene. Effort on going to recover all burnt vehicles off the road. Recovery operations ongoing.
General Manager LASEMA
Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu