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;
Please join us at 🕛 today as we observe a minute silence for the lives that were lost yesterday during the tanker explosion. Thank you 🙏🙏#1minsilence #PrayForNigeria #OtedolaBridge #TankerExplosion @Omojuwa @TunjiAndrews @NigeriainfoFM @mycafeneo @Smooth981FM @CoolFMNigeria pic.twitter.com/O0GF4IoEEj
— teapotNG (@teapotNG) June 29, 2018
— easygas (@easygasshop) June 29, 2018
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A Dashcam footage of the moment that preceded the Lagos tanker’s explosion, yesterday.
— #TrendsNigeria (@TrendsNG2) June 29, 2018
Who’s the Truck owner……. what company owns the Tanker that carried the PMS, why’s no one calling them out.#OtedolaBridge
— Maryam (@maekreem) June 29, 2018
— Blessing (@bbessence85) June 29, 2018
Did a forensic team investigate the cause of the disaster on #OtedolaBridge before it was cleared. The only way to prevent another tragedy is to learn from the past. When are we getting a press conference/inquiry about the actual cause of this disaster from the @followlasg.
— Wangai (@LaideAkin) June 29, 2018
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.Do you ever witness anything interesting or exciting? Just take out your phone and send us the exclusive pictures or video and we will pay you cash. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include location, date, involved persons or why it is important and other details.