Four dead as Petrol Tanker explodes in Lagos


Not less than four persons have been confirmed dead in a head-on collision between a petrol tanker and a truck conveying cement along Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos.

It was gathered that the accident occurred at Kaiyetoro end of the expressway by Eleko bus stop on Sunday afternoon.

According to the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, the two vehicles went up in flames due to the impact of the collision.

“The accident, which was reported at 16:35 hours Sunday, involved a 45,000 litre-tanker fully ladden with petrol. It ran into a heavy duty vehicle conveying cement inward Lekki. The vehicles burst into flames due to the impact of the collision.The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Epe Station, on arrival at the scene discovered that both vehicles had head-on collision as they travelled in opposite directions to Lekki and from Epe respectively,” the agency’s Director, Margret Adeseye, said.

Adeseye said four bodies were recovered from the wreckage of the vehicles after the fire was put out.

“The crew swiftly doused the raging fire from the accidental spillage of contents from the tanker and recovered four bodies suspected dead from both vehicles.

“Three of the bodies were recovered from the tanker and one from the trailer. Rescue operations are still ongoing at the scene of the accident,” she added.