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Fuel tanker overturns, catches fire on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

A fuel tanker on Saturday morning fell and caught fire at the Ibafo/Aseese axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency said that no life was lost.

Emergency responders comprising men of the Fire Rescue Services, Federal Road Safety Corps, and others worked hard to put out the fire, which was successfully contained around 8.30am.

The incident led to traffic snarl, but normal traffic flow has been restored as the officials tried to manage the traffic that had earlier extended to the Wawa/Arepo axis of the expressway.

Emergency operatives remain on ground to assist in easing the traffic congestion caused by the incident.

A message from Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency reads, “Fire update at Ibafo. As of 0830 hrs., the fire has finally been put to rest. Traffic is gradually moving.

“Operatives are on the ground to ease the traffic. I will provide additional updates later.”

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Meanwhile, TRACE Divisional Commander, Mowe-Ibafo, Kabir Ojerinde, confirmed that no lives were lost in the accident; adding that the trans-loading of the remaining fuel into another tanker is ongoing.

Regarding the cause of the accident, Ojerinde explained, “Yes, the crash happened very early in the morning around 5:30 am. Fortunately, there were no other vehicles involved.

“While we cannot confirm if overspeeding was a factor, the tanker was said to have overturned and caught fire.

“The emergency response was swift, and we moved the truck from the road to ease traffic.

“Currently, the trans-loading is ongoing, with another truck on-site handling the remnants.

“The tanker is burnt beyond recognition, so we do not have details about the tanker’s ownership and number plate,” he added.

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