Fuel tanker crashes, sparks fire on Lagos highway

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Commuters, motorists and transport workers plying Apakun , Iyana Isolo, in the Oshodi area Lagos State, were thrown into panic after a -laden tanker exploded on .

PUNCH Metro gathered the tanker driver conveying 33,000 litres Premium Motor Spirit () to a destination in the state when he suddenly lost control the vehicle, which overturned around 9.30am.

Our correspondent learnt the spilled on the .

Commuters and business owners were seen scampering for , as the vicinity engulfed in flames after the tanker exploded.

The Director General of the Lagos State Emergency Agency, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the incident.

He said, “Responders are at the scene to extinguish the fire. Motorists are to use alternative routes.”

In a follow-up reaction, Oke-Osanyintolu said the fire had been put off and the tanker removed from the .

“The remains closed to vehicular traffic and has been subjected to integrity test by the Federal Ministry of Works. Residents are urged to exercise caution as the product, while diluted chemical treatments, is still at risk of being ignited by naked flame,” he added.

The Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of , Ogunlola, in a statement on , urged motorists to drive consideration for other users.

According to the statement, the state Commissioner for , Dr Frederic Oladeinde, during an on-the-spot assessment of the scene, said, “The explosion caused by collision of a fully loaded petrol tanker another truck while trying to overtake each other along the corridor. The recovered tanker head will be used to track the owner/ and necessary sanctions meted out to the offenders.”

The state Public Relations , Muyiwa Adejobi, said the explosion caused gridlock, adding the Commissioner of , Hakeem Odumosu, joined in clearing the obstruction.