Social Media Still Reacting to petrol-laden tanker that crashed at the Otedola Bridge, Lagos

In one of the biggest sad incident in Nigeria, nine people were killed when a petrol tanker with failed brakes crashed and exploded, engulfing dozens of vehicles in the Lagos rush hour.

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.

Reportedly, Fifty-four vehicles were gutted. Commuters were forced to walk as traffic backed up throughout the city and as a clean-up operation continued through the night until the road was reopened at about 7:30 am.

The Nigeria social media space and the world in general are still reacting to the ugly incident that occurred;

At first light, the burnt-out shells of cars and buses were still being towed from the highway, which was blackened and covered with ash for more than a kilometre (half a miles).

Petrol tanker fires are not uncommon on Nigeria’s roads, which are often in disrepair and where vehicles are frequently old and badly maintained. Blocks are often put behind the wheels of ageing, rusting trucks when they are stationary in traffic. The authorities said the initial crash was caused by brake failure.

Motorists caught up in the chaos also questioned why fully-laden tankers were allowed on the road at peak periods. The stricken tanker in Thursday’s crash was carrying 33,000 litres (8,700 US gallons) of petrol at the time.

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