Death toll from the tanker fire in Lagos last Thursday has risen to 12.
The fuel-laden tanker fell and exploded on Otedola Bridge, around Berger area in Lagos after its brake was said to have failed.
The State Commissioner for Health, Jide Idris told journalists on Monday that 10 bodies were recovered from the scene of the incident as against nine initially reported by other agencies, not newsreportersng.com.
Newsreportersng.com had reported 10 killed and 54 vehicles destroyed.
The 10th body recovered was that of an infant, while two of the seven survivors later died in the hospital, raising casualty figure to 12
Idris added that others are responding to treatment.
The tragic explosion occurred when the tanker was heading out of Lagos towards the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, engulfing at least 54 vehicles. Many escaped abandoning their vehicles while some of the dead were trapped in their vehicles. Firefighters later came to the scene to battle the raging blaze.
This is following the tragic tanker explosion on Otedola Bridge inward Ojodu Berger along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Thursday, June 28, which claimed lives and property.
The state government also said it was now mandatory for all articulated trucks coming into Lagos to obtain the Ministry of Transportation’s Road Worthiness Certificate at any of the designated centres within the next 30 days.
The State’s Commissioner for Transportation, Ladi Lawanson made this announcement in Alausa after meeting with all the relevant stakeholders including Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD), National Association of Transport Operators (NATO), Container Truck Owners Association of Nigeria, among others.
He also noted that preliminary investigations into the incident revealed a combination of a vehicular defect and human errors.