Petrol tanker falls on Lagos bridge

Oredola Adeola

A petrol tanker ascending the Costain Bridge inward Iponri, Funsho Williams Avenue, Surulere, Lagos, fell and emptied its contents on the road, on Tuesday, while hoodlums were seen scooping the spilled product on the entire stretch of the road.

EnergyDay gathered that the incident happened around 2pm, after the tanker collided with a sedan car, then tumbled and spilled its contents.

The emergency responders were immediately deployed to the scene to avert further danger. However no casualty was recorded as at the period of filing this report.

Dr. Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, said,  “Upon arrival at the scene, LRT found a fallen tanker laden with 33,000 litres of PMS.

“Investigations revealed that the tanker, while ascending the bridge, rolled back, hit a car then tumbled and spilled its contents.

“The LRT, alongside LASTMA, Police, state and federal fire and were joint responders on ground.

“The fire fighters are blanketing the spilled contents, while adequate safety measures have been put in place to avoid ignition of fire.”

As at 4.45p.m., he said: “Trans-loading of the product into another tanker is ongoing.

“Members of the public are to avoid the area and refrain from scooping of product.

“Residents should avoid lighting any naked flame until the situation has been fully contained.”

Mrs. Adeseye Margaret, Director, Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service in a statement confirming the incident said the men of the fire service were on ground mitigating the situation, assuring public safety and counting on public support to do away with combustible materials within the vicinity.