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11 injured in Lagos tanker explosion

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11 injured in Lagos tanker explosion

No fewer than 11 people sustained injuries when a tanker, loaded with diesel, exploded on the Otedola Bridge on Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Saturday in Lagos State.

The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Olusegun Ogungbemide, confirmed the incident in a statement Saturday evening, NAN reports.

Ogungbemide said that the unfortunate incident occurred when the tanker rolled back and collided with another articulated truck carrying goods and a salon car.

“The impact of the collision resulted in the explosion.

“About 11 passengers were involved in the crash but no death was recorded.

“The rescue teams of FRSC, Lagos Fire Service and Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) are quickly mobilised to the scene for the rescue operation.

“The rescue team of Lagos Fire service are making frantic efforts to extinguish the fire while FRSC and other traffic, the management team are on the ground controlling traffic flow,’’ he said.

He however advised drivers and owners of articulated vehicles to put their vehicles in proper shape and maintain minimum safety standards.

Recall that another articulated vehicle laden with petrol exploded in Lagos in October.

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