Petrol tanker explodes in Lagos leaving many dead (Video)

A petrol-laden tanker explosion in the Sari Iganmu area of Lagos State raised concerns of multiple casualties.

This incident occurred on Thursday evening, and while the cause of the explosion remains unknown, emergency responders swiftly arrived to manage the blaze.

Distressing videos circulated online, depicting the intense fire and anguished reactions from onlookers.

Lagos State Fire and Rescue Services officials were present at the scene, working diligently to control the fire.

The spokesperson for the agency, Shakiru Amodu, in a statement said, “Tanker fire is being combatted at the Lagos Quadrapoint Bridge, by National Arts Theater, Iganmu as Sari Iganmu and Ilupeju Fire Crews combine efforts to tame the raging fire.”

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority in a post on X said, “A tanker has gone up in flames just before Iganmu bridge from Sifax. LASTMA has already alerted the @LagosRescue. Our officers at the scene are doing their best to handle the situation. Motorists moving towards the location are advised to avoid the location and reroute their journey for safety,” the agency said via @followlastma.

An eyewitness who did not mention his name said, “The container was coming from Apapa. The container climbed the bridge leading to Orile, it could not climb the bridge and fell off at the tail end of the bridge. It then collided with a fuel tanker, which burst into flames.”

The eyewitness added that about 10 vehicles were trapped with their occupants. “Fire service men from Iganmu station came to the scene,” he added.

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