A petrol tanker accident that occurred at the Mile 2 area of Lagos State has led to the death of no fewer than one person on Friday.
Information gathered that a yet-to-be-identified female died in the accident.
A spokesperson for the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Nosa Okunbor, confirmed this incident.
Okunbor said, “LASEMA Response Team is at Mile 2, inward the Nigerian Army Signal Barracks in recovery operation of a fully-loaded oil tanker conveying 55,000 litres of petrol involved in a lone accident which killed a female adult”.
The Director-General, LASEMA, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu said the tanker driver and his assistant fled from the scene of the accident immediately.
Oke-Osanyintolu said, “Upon the arrival of LASEMA Response Team at the scene, it was discovered that a tanker with number plate KSF 260 XY conveying 55,000 litres of petrol, rammed into a pothole directly in front of the Nigerian Army Signal Barracks in Mile Two around 12:30 am, lost control and fell sideways, resulting in its contents spilling out onto the road”.
The unidentified female adult who was seated beside the tanker driver got trapped in the impact and lost her life. Her remains were pinned to dashboard from the impact of the accident on the tanker’s head.
Oke-Osanyintolu confirmed that the agency’s heavy-duty equipment is en route to the scene in order to recover the tanker together with its contents. Transloading of the contents is on hold until the ownership of the tanker and/or product can be determined.
The LRU firefighters and the Lagos State Fire Service and the Nigerian Army are on standby to prevent any potential secondary incident.