It was a Black Thursday yesterday when no fewer than 86 vehicles were reportedly burnt while scores of people killed in an explosion involving a petrol tanker that occurred at the Otedola bridge end of the Lagos -Ibadan expressway.
The explosion created heavy pandemonium on both sides of the ever-busy expressway as scores of people struggled to escape from the area.
Report says just ten dead bodies have so far been brought out of some vehicles that were trapped when the fire started.
Even though official figure as to the number of casualties was yet to be ascertained, it was gathered that over 80 cars have been razed alongside its occupants.
It was gathered that the casualty figure might be on the high side because of the huge vehicular traffic on the bridge before the explosion went off.
Emergency management workers were said to have been mobilized to the scene to rescue commuters trapped in the accident.
Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Chike Oti said: “57 vehicles were burnt while ten bodies that were burnt beyond recognition were recovered but feelers says the victims were about 40 or more.
Source revealed that the accident occurred around 5pm.
According to a source who spoke with Shybellmedia reporter in Lagos, he revealed that, “I was in bus heading home in Ibafo area of Ogun State. My bus was beside the tanker.
“We were in the usual traffic but when it cleared a little, the bus driver maneuvered his way to the front. We were about a few vehicles away from the tanker, when we heard the sound of an explosion.
“The fuel from the tanker spilled on the expressway and all the vehicles at its back went up in flames. People ran for dear life. There was confusion everywhere.”
However, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, has advised motorists to be careful and watchful and also avoid the Lagos- Ibadan expressway as a result of the petrol tanker explosion which occurred on the Otedola bridge.
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