Disaster struck on Sunday morning at the Kara bridge area of Lagos as a multiple accidents involving two trucks conveying 33,000 litres of petroleum product each and other articulated at the Lagos-Ogun boundary.
Also involved in the early morning crash which has brought traffic in and out of Lagos to a standstill were an articulated truck laden with several cubic feet of compressed natural gas and an articulated tipper truck
The Director General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Dr Femi Osayintolu said efforts was immediately intensified to ensure that the fire caused by the explosion of the tankers were put off.
“We’re yet to determine the fatalities but have identified remains within the debris and ash,” Osayintolu, said.
Preliminary investigation conducted at the incident scene by the agency attributed the cause of the inferno to reckless driving.
The inferno has been extinguished with the combined efforts of the Lagos Fire Service, LRU fire, Oke-Osanyintolu said.
Expectedly, the situation has impaired traffic around the scene of the fire outbreak and beyond.
Meanwhile, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has temporarily diverted traffic between New Garage and the end of Kara bridge to allow a counter-flow for Ibadan-bound traffic to use a lane from the Lagos bound section of the expressway.
A statement by Mr Kehinde Hamzat, Corridor Commander, Lagos-Ibadan-Egbeda Corridor has advised motorists using the temporary lane to obey traffic instructions from officials around the scene of the crash and urged them to drive with caution.
“While the burning fire is being extinguished and waiting to clear up the wreckage off the road, motorists who are not close to the scene are advised to explore alternative routes.
‘Those traveling from Ibadan may turn at Sagamu interchange and use Abeokuta to Lagos through Sango Otta, Abule Egba, Iyana Ipaja.
“People travelling out of Lagos may also use the above route and travellers from Lagos Island can explore Victoria Island, Ajah to Ijebu Ode to continue their journey.
However, motorists around Mowe, Ibafo entering into Lagos or vice-versa using the temporary lane should please drive with extreme caution,” he said.