The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says Saturday’s tanker explosion on Kara Bridge along Lagos-Ibadan Expresssway has killed at least two persons.
In a statement by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, he said 29 vehicles parked by the road side were also burnt down completely.
The Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi stated that the fatal road traffic crash involved a single Tanker fully ladened with PMS.
According to him, the crash investigation carried out by a team of FRSC personnel deployed for rescue operations revealed that the driver lost control of the wheels as a result of mechanical deficiency (tyre blowout), making the tanker to fall on the expressway which resulted in a wild inferno.
“From the crash investigation report submitted, a total of 2 male adults were killed and burnt beyond recognition, while a wanton destruction of properties occasioned by the fire also left 29 vehicles parked by the road side burnt down completely,” the FRSC said.
Oyeyemi also lamented the actions of hoodlums who prevented the combined rescue teams of the Federal Fire Service and FRSC from approaching the scene of the crash.
According to him, “when our personnel got to the scene, they met teams of Lagos State Fire Service who advised our men against approaching the scene of the crash. The fire fighters said they were equally deployed to the scene for same reason but on arrival, they were chased back by some hoodlums, carrying dangerous weapons”.
Oyeyemi also maintained that the corps is “seriously” engaging critical stakeholders and making frantic efforts to find lasting solution to tanker explosions on the road.
He called on the governments at all levels to expedite action towards working out modalities that will support and hasten existing efforts towards fleet renewal as most of the articulated vehicles are aged while efforts are on to enforce compulsory use of safety valves to prevent spillage after falls of tankers.