Tankers explode on Kara bridge, kill four persons

About four persons were at the early hours of Sunday feared dead after three petroleum tankers and an articulated truck exploded on Kara Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The explosion occurred around 12:30am following collision of two tankers laden with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and Gas on the outward Lagos lane.

Aside the two tankers, the fire which followed their collision extended to another tanker and a trailer, said to have also exploded.

Those feared killed, according to sourcesd, were most likely drivers of the affected vehicles as burnt human bones were discovered by emergency workers around 10am.

Confirming the incident, the Director General (DG), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, said that the identities of the victims could only be ascertained by DNA, since only burnt human bones were seen.
“We cannot even know the number of people who died now. You can see that it is only human bones we have seen so far.

“It will take pathology examination to ascertain the number of persons and identify them. Rescue operation is still ongoing,” he said.

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in a traffic directory on Sunday appealed to motorists to seek alternative routes to allow rescuers conclude their mission on Kara Bridge.
It said officials of the commission as well as men of the Fire Services were promptly mobilised to the scene when the incident occurred.

“The inferno has already affected three tankers and a trailer. The situation is affecting movement inward Berger arrival into Kara Bridge at the moment.

“The FRSC is admonishing motorists who have reasons to use the road to seek alternative for now to allow the personnel of Fire Service on ground to extinguish the fire.

“The rescue operation is still ongoing and an updated version of the travel advisory will be sent later.

“Those moving out of Lagos this morning can use the Victoria Island by Ajah to Ijebu Ode to continue their journey. The Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway to Sagamu Interchange is another alternative that motorists can use at the moment.

“The FRSC Sector Commander, Lagos State Command, Olusegun Ogungbemide, empathises with the motoring public especially those on essential duties and assured that the FRSC operatives would remain at the scene till normalcy is restored.

“The Sector Commander advises operators of vehicles used for transporting highly inflamable petroleum products to operate them in strict conformity with safety standards prescribed by the 1957 United Nations Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangereous Goods by Road (ADR), which Nigeria acceded to as a Contracting Party,” FRSC’s spokesman in Lagos, Olabisi Sonusi said.

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