Heavy traffic as Tanker explodes on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Heavy traffic as Tanker explodes on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

- A major road accident has occurred on the popular Lagos-Ibadan expressway

- A fuel tanker exploded on the Magboro section of the expressway early morning on Wednesday, December 2

- The FRSC has called for calm and advised road users on safety measures to adhere to

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The Nation is reporting that a fuel tanker on Wednesday early morning, December 2 exploded at the Magboro section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The incident is said to have caused heavy traffic at Magboro, outward Lagos-Ibadan expressway keeping many commuters on standstill.

Heavy traffic as Tanker explodes on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
Heavy traffic witnessed on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway after the tanker explosion. Photo credit: @christosin
Source: Twitter

According to the report, firefighters have arrived at the scene to contain the fire outbreak.

It was also learnt that the fuel being conveyed by the tanker had spilled to the other side of the expressway – leading inward to Lagos.

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In a caution notice syndicated by the FRSC, motorists especially those using the Lagos-Ibadan-Egbeda corridor were urged to re-plan their trips or brace up for delays.

The Federal Road Safety Corps already issued a statement calling for caution among commuters and drivers playing the axis.

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Part of the statement read:

“The Federal Road Safety Corps wishes to advise the general public on the need for adequate planning of their trips for today for users of the Lagos-Ibadan corridor.
“The tanker explosion on Magboro bridge on the outward Lagos section of the expressway which occurred at about 0415hrs in the early hours of the day, Wednesday 2nd December 2020 has called for the need to adjust one's movement for the day.
“The fire is still burning as of 0520hrs and this means a total standstill situation of vehicular movement along the expressway.

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“Relentless efforts are still being made to extinguish the fire by men of fire service backed up by men of other agencies around the scene of the inferno.
“We, therefore, advise the general public to have adequate planning for their trips for those who cannot cancel their planned journeys. We also advise that travellers who are bound to transit in and out of Lagos from the neighbouring state to explore alternative routes where necessary.”

Nigerians have started reacting to the report of another tanker accident on the popular expressway

Friday Udoh wrote on Twitter:

“We have not started using gas oo as fuel, I wonder what will happen when we started using gas as fuel.”

Deary Hybee wrote:

“Something needs to be done. It is high time all these tankers have their route and parking garage.”

Royalty wrote:

“Tanker is just catching fire everyday in Lagos, I hope this is not what I am thinking, hope is not another means of embezzling funds??. Like maybe they empty the gas or fuel then set the tanker on fire to claim it was an accident then?? Nigeria which way na.”

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The incident comes weeks after a similar accident at the Kara end of Lagos-Ibadan expressway when a fuel-laden tanker went up in flames after Kara bridge outward Lagos.

According to a report on the official Twitter handle of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on Saturday, November 7, the accident which involved a loaded tanker and truck happened overnight.

It was learnt that the tanker spilt its contents on the road and on another truck, while other cars were not spared as they also got burnt.

Recall that a similar tanker accident which happened on Wednesday, September 23, in Kogi state claimed the lives of at least 23 people.

Many others were also injured following the petrol tanker explosion which gutted five other vehicles at the Felele area along the Lokoja-Abuja highway.

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