Nigerian oil tanker fire kills nine

Published: June 29, 2018 13:57:38 | Updated: June 30, 2018 11:37:58


At least nine people were killed and four others injured when an oil tanker collided with a car and exploded on a busy bridge in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos on Thursday.

The accident happened on a motorway that connects Lagos and the city of Ibadan, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency or LASEMA spokesman Adeshina Tiamiyu said.

“Nine people are dead and four injured are in hospital”, said Tiamiyu.

A spokesman for the Federal Road Safety Commission, Bisi Kazeem, said the crash happened around Otedola bridge on the section of the road heading out of Lagos.

He said the cause of the accident was brake failure. He added that the tanker, five buses, two trucks, a tricycle and 45 cars were burnt out, reports Reuters.

“As a government, we would not relent in putting measures in place to ensure safety of lives and property of all residents,” said Lagos state government spokesman Kehinde Bamigbetan.

 “We extend our deepest commiseration to the families of persons who lost their lives as well as properties to the incident.” He said in a statement.

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