July 23, 2024

Ota tollgate fuel tanker explosion:  2 dead, 12 vehicles, several shops razed


At least two persons died at the early hours of Thursday morning  in a horrifying inferno following an explosion from a 33,000litres of Premium Motor Spirit(PMS) articulated tanker at the toll-gate area of the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.
According to an eyewitness who related the incident to EnergyDay, the tanker was driving up the hilly road from Ilo-Awela at the Toll-gate inward Ajegunle,  along Lagos/Abeokuta Expressway, when it lost control, fell, and went up in flames owing to mechanical issues.

This statement was confirmed in different statements by Lagos State Emergency Management Agency-LASEMA and Ogun Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).LASEMA in a statement after the rescue effort revealed that it deployed its Response Team to a scene where an articulated truck laden with 33,000litres of premium motor spirit fell sideways while driving up the hilly road at the Toll-gate inward Lagos Abeokuta ExpressWay.

The agency said, “Investigation conducted by the Agency’s Response Team revealed the immediate cause of the incident was due to mechanical fault (brake failure) which led to the PMS leaking from the truck.

“The leaked products after having contact with some combustible items led to the inferno. Unfortunately, two adult males lost their lives in the incident who were extricated from the burnt vehicles by the LASEMA Response Team.

The Agency’s Response Team conducted a post-disaster assessment and discovered the following losses: two lives burnt beyond recognition;  four (4) tricycles totally burnt; two (2) motorcycles totally burnt; four (4) commercial buses burnt, several numbers of shops including kiosks, and makeup shops were razed down.According to Ahmed Umar, sector commander of Ogun FRSC, the incident happened at about 1.30 am on Thursday.

Umar said three people were injured in the accident, adding that the tanker was ascending from Ilo-Awela to the toll-gate area, when it lost control, fell, and went up in flames owing to mechanical issues.

He said a total of 12 vehicles, comprising three luxurious buses, four tricycles, three motorcycles, and a yellow bus, were involved in the fatal incident.The FRSC Sector Commander said the corpses of the victims have been deposited at the state hospital in Ota, while the survivors, including two males and a female, are also receiving treatment at the same hospital.

EnergyDay gathered that the rescue efforts were carried out by other responders including Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Ogun State Fire Service and the Nigeria Police, Sango-Ota Division