Oil Tanker Collision Causes Extensive Damage in Lagos, Nigeria


Oil Tanker Collision Causes Extensive Damage in Lagos, Nigeria

In a distressing turn of events, an oil tanker loaded with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), commonly known as petrol, collided with a truck, resulting in substantial damage to vehicles and public infrastructure in Lagos, Nigeria's bustling commercial hub.

The incident transpired around 7:30 pm on Thursday at House 229, Moshood Abiola Way, opposite Fashola Estate, Lagos State. According to Ibrahim Farinloye, Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the collision unfolded at Palex bus stop by Iganmu Bridge, Ijora.

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The casualties of this unfortunate event include two buses, two cars, a trailer laden with sardines and detergent, an SUV, three flatbed trailers, two twenty-foot containers, and two PMS tankers. Additionally, the impact led to the destruction of 12 high-tension electric poles.

Miraculously, all occupants of the involved vehicles managed to evacuate before the petrol ignited, sparing lives from harm. Thankfully, there have been no reported injuries or casualties.

Efforts are underway to clear the wreckage, with the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) actively involved in the process. Meanwhile, residents along Moshood Abiola Way, from Sifax down to Ijora Underbridge to Apapa, are advised to refrain from using open flames temporarily.

A public announcement titled "Urgent Public Safety Measure" emphasizes the need for caution, as some of the spilled product has entered drainages and is approaching nearby communities. Residents are also cautioned against using streams and tributaries of rivers for any form of contact with water.

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Fire Services are diligently working to mitigate the impact by applying blanketing techniques. Caution remains paramount, and the community is urged to stay vigilant and cooperative during this sensitive time. 

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