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Two die during tanker explosion in Lagos

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

No fewer than persons have been confirmed dead by the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service after their bodies were recovered from the scene of tanker explosion in Surulere Local Government Area.

The two bodies were found after the firemen put out the inferno that trailed a tanker accident at the Ijesha end of the Cele link-bridge in Surulere.

It was learnt on Saturday that the accident tanker landed with 33,000 litres of petrol, experienced brake failure while navigating the roundabout to ascend the bridge

Confirming the development, the
Director, Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Margaret Adeseye, stated that the explosion occurred yesterday night.

In a statement made available to The Guild, Adeseye said: “At approximately 23:12, emergency services were alerted to a tanker truck, carrying 33,000 litres of petrol, losing control while navigating the roundabout to ascend the bridge.

“The subsequent spillage ignited into a large fire, engulfing the surrounding area. Prompt action by the Isolo and Bolade Fire Stations of the agency, contained the inferno, preventing further escalation.

“Regrettably, two male individuals were discovered deceased, their bodies tragically burnt beyond recognition and handed over to the Nigeria Police Force, overseeing the necessary procedures. The Lagos State Ambulance Service also provided vital assistance throughout the operation.

“Efforts are currently underway to clear the wreckage of the involved vehicles from the roadway, facilitating unhindered traffic flow and enabling thorough investigative procedures”.

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