The Kara fuel tanker explosion has reportedly claimed two lives and over 20 vehicles (some of which are parked for sale along the traffic corridor).
This was disclosed by LASEMA in its Post- disaster assessment report shared via its Twitter handle on Saturday.
According to the agency, aside from the two fatalities, 10 casualties were recorded, 23 vehicles affected including 1 tanker containing 45000 litres of petrol, 1 luxurious passenger bus, 2 articulated vehicles, and 19 cars.
The Spokesperson for the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Babatunde Akinbiyi, explained that one person sustained injury and has been taken to the Olabisi Onabanjo Teaching Hospital, along with the remains of the two dead victims.
He said, “The driver and the motorboy died in the ensuing inferno that engulfed the scene with about 35 vehicles parked along the traffic corridor for sale burnt down.
“One injured victim is presently confirmed and he has been taken to Olabisi Onabanjo Teaching Hospital, OOUTH, along with the dead victims.”
Akinbiyi advised motorists to avoid the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway presently and seek alternative routes, because of the traffic challenge that the accident has brought in its wake.
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Post-disaster assessment is as follows:
2 fatalities (driver of tanker and motor boy)
10 casualties who received on the spot treatment
23 vehicles affected including
1 tanker containing 45000 litres of petrol
1 luxurious passenger bus
2 articulated vehicles
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What you should know
Nairametrics reported earlier today that the fuel-laden tanker went up in flames at the Kara end of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, causing motorists travelling out of Lagos to be held in traffic.
The fire was blazing around 1am on Saturday without firefighters in sight.