LAGOS – A fuel laden tanker exploded this morning beside the office of Department of State Security Services, DSS, and Ojo Barracks on Lagos Badagry Expressway.
At scene of the incident, VANGUARD learned that the tanker fell as a result of the collapsed state of the road and spilled its contents on the road.
The impact of the fall resulted in the explosion, in the process, other vehicles caught fire.
An eyewitness said the accident occurred at 6: 45 am. No fewer than eight vehicles were consumed by the inferno, while an unspecified number of people, who were trapped in their cars were burnt to death.
Some people, who jumped out of their vehicles on sensing danger, sustained various degrees of injuries. A woman, who jumped out of a moving commercial vehicle at the scene was seen crawling in the mud and was mistaken for a mad woman by a large crowd of sympathisers, who had gathered.
As of the time Vanguard arrived at the scene, men of the Federal Fire Service and Lagos State Emergency Services Management Agency, LASEMA, had not come, while smoke was still billowing from the burning vehicles.
The accident increased traffic gridlock on the road as commuters going to Mile 2 were seen taking Tedi Road as an alternative route.