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Truck and petrol tanker collide causing an explosion in Lagos, Nigeria

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A head-on collision between a 40feet container truck and a petrol tanker has resulted into an explosion on the Otedola Bridge along Lagos/Ibadan Expressway on Saturday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the accident occurred at 2am when the 40ft containerised truck, loaded with fabric, had a brake failure while moving inward Berger.

In the process, the truck collided with a tanker loaded with 33,000 litres of PMS.

The impact of the collision resulted in a fire explosion.

The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the accident.

Oke-Osanyintolu said: “On arrival at the incident scene it was discovered that a 40fit containerised truck loaded with fabric had a brake failure while moving inward Berger.

“The truck collided with a tanker loaded with 33000 litres of PMS (petrol) while the impact of the collision resulted in the fire outbreak.

“No casualty was recorded.

“However, the fire affected the 40ft containerised truck and high tension wire at the spot.”

Oke-Osanyintolu advised commuters to take the Ojota or 7UP exits until the backlog of traffic eases.

He said the Agency’s responders, LRU Fire, Lagos State Fire service, Federal Road Safety Corps and Lagos Neighbourhood Security Corps were all present at the incident scene.

The LASEMA boss said the damping down has been concluded, while the agency’s equipment would remove the vehicles from the thoroughfare.

A resident of the area, Johnson Adeoye, told NAN that the tanker lost control and rammed into a trailer with the container.

Adeoye said upon the crash, there was fire outbreak, which led to the explosion.

There have been two fire outbreaks occasioned by the explosion of tankers conveying gas in the state.

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On Friday night, a diesel tank exploded inside a building in Beirut, and four people were killed and several others were injured.

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Explosion rocks Benin Sapele Highway, Nigeria

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Barely three months after about 17 people were feared killed in a tanker explosion at a collapsed portion of the Benin-Sapele Highway, a similar disaster occurred on the same highway on Saturday evening when a gas truck fell into a ditch and burst into flames.

The incident occurred while the truck was manoeuvring potholes on the bad portion of the road at Ugbenu axis, in the Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State.

The gravity of the accident could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report.

Our correspondent, however, gathered that firefighters from the Delta Fire Service have been drafted to the scene of the incident.

Motorists and travellers plying the highway have always lamented the deplorable condition of the road.

Several road users and travellers were always compelled to spend over three hours on a spot, particularly at the Amukpe-Sapele section, as heavy-duty trucks got stuck at some of the failed portions of the highway.

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9 Injured In Major Fire At Indian Oil Petrol Pump In Odisha

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Nine people were injured, two of them critically, in a major fire that broke out at an Indian Oil Corporation petrol pump near the Raj Bhavan in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday, police said.
Five fire engines along with Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force personnel doused the flame after fighting it for about two hours, fire department sources said.

The explosion caused by the fire was so loud that it caused people to rush out of the nearby buildings fearing that there was an earthquake.

Police said some nearby shops and houses suffered damages due to the blast.

Under the impact of the explosion several vehicles which were near the site at the time were found to have been thrown away, eye witnesses said.

The petrol pump itself was damaged in the fire, whose cause is yet to be ascertained.

The IOCL evacuated the fuel in two tanks of the petrol pump.

Senior officers of IOCL and the police rushed to the spot and the roads in the area were closed, officials said.

The critically injured have been shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack, said LD Sahu, director of Capital Hospital, where the rest are being treated.

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has ordered a probe into the fire.

Mr Pradhan said he has directed the secretary to the petroleum and natural gas department to discuss with senior officials of the state government and IOCL about the fire and submit a report at the earliest.

I have directed the Petroleum and Natural Gas Secretary to conduct a probe into the fire incident that took place near Raj Bhavan in Bhubaneswar, the Minister said in a Twitter post.

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