Again, petroleum tanker falls on Otedola bridge, spills content

Again, petroleum tanker falls on Otedola bridge, spills content

- Less than two years after the unfortunate explosion at Otedola bridge, another tanker has fallen at the same spot

- The fully loaded tanker spilled its content as it detached from the truck head

- Officials of LASEMA and firefighters are at the scene already

There was panic at the Otedola bridge inward Berger, Lagos state, as a tanker fully loaded with 40,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) known as petroleum has discharged its content.

According to Daily Trust report, the head of the truck disconnected from the tanker, spilling its content in the process.

Fortunately, there was no explosion and emergency officials were swiftly mobilized to the scene.

At the scene to manage the situation are officials of the Lagos State Fire Service personnel and the state Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).

There is heavy traffic gridlock on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway as the recovery operation continues.

It was observed that the LASEMA team was blanketing the spilled content to prevent explosion.

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The remnant of the petroleum product was later transloaded to another tanker.

The director-general of LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, said: “The articulated truck with registration number DKA 952 ZP loaded with 40,000 litres of premium motor spirit (petrol) detached from the truck head while driving inward Berger.

“No spillages or injuries were recorded. Transloading into another truck has been concluded while the accidented truck has been recovered off the road. The traffic gridlock has been restored and the operations concluded.”

This is coming less than two years after the unfortunate fire outbreak at Otedola bridge, which claimed nine lives; with four injured and 54 vehicles completely burnt.

The explosion was caused by a fuel tanker loaded with 33,000 litres of petrol heading towards Berger along Lagos/Ibadan Express.

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Otedola bridge has become notorious with tanker and other accidents in recent times causing worries among members of the public especially motorists travelling on the busy Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

A ghastly accident occurred on the popular bridge on Saturday, January 4, leaving at least two persons dead. ( -> We keep evolving to serve our readers better.

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