Six Trucks, Three Buses, One Car Burnt As Fuel Tanker Bursts In Flames

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By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
At least, six trucks, three commercial buses and a car have reportedly burnt beyond recognition as a tanker conveying a petroleum product fell and went aflame on Tuesday in Lagos.
The incident, as reliably learnt occurred at Barracks Bus Stop, inward Iyaba-Iba axis of Lagos Badagry Express way at about 9.48 am.
Our correspondent gathered that the tanker, without a registration number, was fully loaded with PMS 33,000 litres had collided with a white mini truck carrying electrical appliances side by side at the scene of the incident the previous night.
 
Following the collusion, the tanker’s rear compartment reportedly punctured, resulting to spilling  of the fuel  content of the tanker into the environs. 
Eyewitness informed our correspondent that emergency responders, which include the fire service, police and LASEMA, raced to the scene, successfully curtailed  and stopped further spillage of the PMS into the environs of the incident scene, following a distress call.
In the course of the recovery of the tanker, the witness added that the spilled content of the petrol, which hitertho spilled into the distant environment ignited fire  and went up in flame.
The General Manager Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Adebayo Tiamiyu confirmed the incident in a statement made available to journalists.
According to  release by Adebayo Kehinde, Public Affairs Unit LASEMA,
Tiamiyu said the fuel which consequently travelled back to the proximity of the scene, resulted in the burning of the vehicles.
He stated that the fire was put off by the combine team of the Lagos State Fire Service,  Officials of the LASEMA Response Team, 81 Division Nigeria Army Fire Service, Nigerian Police and LASTMA.
Tiamiyu, who stated that no person was injured or died in the incident, advised motorists to listen to instruction of emergency workers on incident scene to avoid  such unfortunate incident in the future.
The release reads, “A distress call was received via the emergency toll free number regarding a tanker accident at Barrack bus stop inward Iyana Oba,  Lagos-Badagry Express Way on the of 1st of October 2018 at about 9.48 pm.
This prompted the immediate activation of the Agency’s Response Team to the scene of the  incident.
 Upon arrival at the scene of the  incident, it was observed that  Tanker with an unknown registration number, fully loaded with PMS 33,000 litres  and a white mini truck carrying electrical appliances collided side by side.
Subsequently, the tanker’s rear compartment got punctured resulting to spilling  of the pms  contents of the tanker into the environs.
Consequently,a combined team of Lasema Response Team, the LASG Fire Service, the Nigerian Police and other responders successfully curtailed  and stopped further spillage of the PMS into the environs of the incident scene.
The  articulated tanker and trucks were thereafter recovered from the incident scene.
However,  during the recovery Process, the spilled content of the Pms which hitertho spilled into the distant environment ignited fire  and went aflame and consequently travelled back to the proximity of the scene resulting to
3 buses,1 car, and 6 trucks getting  burnt.
The circumstances resulting to this fatal secondary incident could have been attributed to unsafe practices by inhabitants in the distant environs  where the pms spilled into. It is pertinent to note that no person was injured or died in the incident.
The Lagos State Fire Service,  Officials of the LASEMA Response Team, 81 Division Nigeria Army Fire Service, Nigerian Police and LASTMA were the responders at the scene of incident and the combined effort to put out the fire.
The General Manager Lagos State Emergency Management Agency  (LASEMA) Mr Adesina  Tiamiyu advised motorists to listen to instruction of emergency workers on incident scene to avoid  such unfortunate incident in the future”.

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