Lagos fire kills at least 9 and sets dozens of cars ablaze after oil tanker explosion. It was a devastating scene in Nigeria’s busiest city Lagos. At about 5:30pm local time on Thursday, 28th June 2018 when a tanker carrying 33,000 litres of petrol exploded in the middle of traffic on the Ibadan expressway caused pandemonium.
At people were consumed by the flames whiles more than 54 vehicles were destroyed according to official sources. Amongst the head were eight adults and a minor who were trapped by the ravaging flame. Four other persons sustained various degrees of injuries and were taken to the hospital. The head of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said in a statement Adesina Tiamiyu.
Witnesses say, moments before the truck crashed and exploded the driver could be heard crying, “brake failure” as the truck was rolling backwards. They also indicated that a multiple crash involving the truck, a bus and a car ignited the fuel that was leaking from the truck.
Following the blast, many vehicles struggled to manoeuvre and escape from the centre of the flames while passengers took on their hills. Some driver simply abandoned their cars and ran to safety while those closest to the point of impact were engulfed by the flames.
Though rescue units contained the flames to recent incident brings to the limelight to question of road worthiness of vehicles and the safety of passengers in African.