Petrol tanker explodes in Oshodi/Apapa, Lagos



A suspected petrol tanker, conveying 44,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) has gone up in flames at Toyota bus-stop inwards Mile 2 along Oshodi/Apapa Expressway, Lagos.

The tanker crashed with another trailer and discharged its contents, which led to a fire outbreak.

Emergency response teams including the federal fire service have arrived at the scene of the incident.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed incident saying the structures at the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, where a tanker explosion occurred today, has been “badly affected.”

The incident happened at 9:15 a.m. on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway. It occurred opposite the Lagos State Fire Service Station located in the area, which led to a prompt intervention of the fire service personnel.

Giving an update on the tanker explosion, Ibrahim Farinloye, the Acting Zonal Coordinator, South-West Zonal Office said the road has been strongly affected.

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“The road structures are badly affected. Efforts are on to carry out integrity tests on them, especially the pillar of the bridge linking the Airport from Apapa – Oshodi way,” Mr Farinloye said.

The coordinator had earlier said that the fire incident occurred when the tanker, laden with PMS, crashed on the side with another trailer loaded with iron rods, while in motion.

Officials of the fire service successfully separated the tanker body from the head and combated the inferno.

According to Mr Farinloye, no casualties were recorded in the incident.

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