Tanker explosion again: Many vehicles on fire on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway


Few days after the tanker fire outbreak at Opic Plaza in Lagos, hell has literally descended on the Ogere axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway again Tuesday morning after a tanker laden with fuel bursted into flames burning many vehicles.

According to Daily Trust, It is still unclear, at the time of filing in this report whether lives were lost in the incident. What is evident is serious gridlock caused by the sad incident on the expressway which connects Lagos with several states.

Firefighters and security operatives are currently at the scene.

Speaking on the incident, the FRSC Sector Commander in Ogun state, Ahmed Umar, said the rescue team from Sagamu and Ogere unit of the command has been deployed to the scene.

“The fire is serious and as such, the number of vehicles involved can not be ascertained yet.”
“The Ogun State fire Service was contacted and they have arrived at the scene.
“FRSC operatives are on the ground managing the traffic situation,” he said.

Meanwhile, drivers moving towards the Ogere tollgate axis of the Lagos-Ibadan highway, along with the proposed new Kara Market inbound Ibadan, have been urged to make use of alternative routes.

The State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps ( TRACE) gave the advice in a statement.
TRACE Spokesman, Babatunde Akinbiyi, said “While rescue operations continue with the combined efforts of TRACE, FRSC, police, NSCDC, and the Fire Service, motorists are advised to ply the alternative routes below:

“Vehicles moving inbound Lagos should go through Saapade-Ode/Remo-Iperu-Sagamu to relink Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
“In addition, vehicles moving inbound Ibadan should also go through Sagamu-Iperu-Ode/Remo-Saapade to relink Lagos-Ibadan expressway.”


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