Over 10 cars in flame as Petrol tanker falls off Otedola bridge

Over 50 cars destroyed in horrific gas tanker explosion on Nigerian expressway (VIDEOS)

The RRS reporting on the development on its Twitter handle said: "Reckless Danfo driver speeding on one way had a head -on collision with Toyota Hiace bus entering Lagos opposite scene of Thursday's tanker fire. I tried maneuvering my vehicle to avoid been burnt but my efforts proved abortive".

The survivor said he never envisaged that the fuel tanker which caused the fire would experience any brake failure.

The Lagos State Government has released a statement commiserating with the families of those who lost their lives in the tanker explosion on Otedola Bridge.

The tanker was said to be heading towards Berger, outwards Lagos, when the incident occurred. "Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this time of pain and grief", the statement read. "As a government, we would not relent in putting measures in place to ensure safety of lives and property of all residents", Bamigbetan said. He called for the co-operation of all citizens with the officials of the agencies to restore the situation to normalcy.

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Four other victims with serious burn injuries were also rushed to hospital.

According to the police, the explosion had left nine dead while a total of 54 vehicles were burnt. He added that the tanker, five buses, two trucks, a tricycle and 45 cars were burnt out.

The crash happened at about 5:30 pm (1630 GMT) on Thursday on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, one of the main routes out of the city. The accident was the result of a brake failure, said the Federal Road Safety Commission spokesperson Bisi Kazeem.

Men of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and other security officials were on ground for rescue operations.

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