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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Pakistani police say a landslide in the country’s north has buried a minibus with 15 passengers onboard. The landslide on the mountainous road in the scenic area of Skardu pushed the bus into a deep ditch and buried it under tons of mud and rock. Police said the chances of finding anyone alive are bleak, but rescue workers and local volunteers are attempting to dig through the mud in search of survivors. Landslides after heavy rain are common in Pakistan, and are the cause widespread damage in areas of mountainous terrain.
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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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Storm Ianos: Two dead after ‘medicane’ lashes Greece and sparks islands emergency #StormIanos #Medicane #Greece
At least two people have been killed after a “medicane” – a rare Mediterranean hurricane – toppled trees, cut power and flooded streets in Greece.
Storm Ianos hit the Ionian islands and the western Peloponnese on Friday before lashing the centre of the country on Saturday.
Greece’s weather agency warned of damage and threat to life as it issued alerts for many areas.
An elderly woman was found dead in a flooded house in Farsala and the body of 63-year-old man was discovered near a hospital in Karditsa.
“We’re dealing with a total catastrophe,” one Farsala resident told state television.
Areas of Karditsa, one of Greece’s biggest plains – around 125 miles (200km) north of Athens, were swamped with water and a bridge collapsed.
The fire service said it had received more than 2,450 calls since the storm began – to rescue people, cut down trees and pump water from houses and businesses.
Five boats also sank off the holiday islands of Zakynthos (also known as Zante) and Lefkada on Friday, said the coastguard.
Greece’s civil protection agency declared a state of emergency on Kefalonia, Ithaca and Zakynthos as power was cut in many areas.
Kefalonia’s mayor, Theofilos Michalatos, said no one was hurt but that homes, roads and water facilities had been damaged.
The storm reached the Athens area on Saturday but there have so far been no reports of damage. Trains between the capital and the second city of Thessaloniki were suspended.
A medicane is a hybrid phenomenon with “some characteristics of a tropical cyclone and others of a mid-latitude storm”, according to the UN’s World Meteorological Organization.
They have strong winds spinning around a central core and torrential rain, but are smaller in diameter than hurricanes and don’t last as long – typically 24 to 48 hours.
Such storms first appeared in Greece in 1995 and, while far less common than hurricanes, have become more frequent in recent years.
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Tornado touches down near Annapolis amid evening of strong storms #Tornado #Storms #Annapolis #Maryland #USA
A severe weather system brought heavy rain, high winds, hail and at least one confirmed tornado Thursday evening.
The weather service said the main threat from the storms will be “damaging wind gusts, but tornadoes cannot be ruled out.”
The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for parts of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, including Annapolis, Parole and Edgewater, until 6:30 p.m.
Just after 6 p.m., the weather service confirmed that a tornado touched down just south of Annapolis in Anne Arundel County. They said the tornado was moving east toward the Bay Bridge and advised everyone in the area to take cover.
WTOP’s Dave Dildine reported scenes of damage consistent with a tornado along Route 2, just south of the South River Bridge. Numerous trees and power lines down along with damage to the siding and shingles of some houses.
The weather service also issued a flash flood warning for D.C. and eastern Montgomery County that will remain until 8:30 p.m.
Much of the D.C. region is under a tornado watch until 10 p.m.
The weather service asked that residents stay alert to current weather conditions in their areas and to be ready to respond if hazardous conditions form.
Several tornado warnings were issued in Carroll, Howard, Montgomery, Baltimore and Prince George’s counties Thursday afternoon. The weather service reported seeing storm systems that were generating the rotating air currents needed to form a tornado in those areas.
Storm Team 4 meteorologist Mike Stinneford said the threat for serious storms would not diminish until after sunset.
“The main trigger for these storms is a strong cold front that is not likely to arrive until sometime around noon on Friday,” said Storm Team 4 meteorologist Chuck Bell.
He said that makes timing out the storm chances a little tricky and could help to keep the storms going well after sunset.
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Majorca suffers severe damage after ‘golf ball’ hail and tornado sweep island #Hailstorm #Tornado #Majorca #Spain
A violent storm and tornado have swept across Majorca, leaving a trail of destruction across the tourist hotspot in its wake.
Giant hailstones measuring up to two centimetres pelted down on the island mid-morning, bringing down hundreds of trees and causing power outages, after the storm arrived in the town of Banyalbufar on Saturday, August 29.
The damage was of such high magnitude it left Banyalbufar’s council considering whether to declare a “disaster area”.
The mayor, Mateu Ferra, expressed his concerns, saying the landscape “will take years to recover”.
He added that while there were no serious injuries, many residents “are going to need help”.
Several witnesses captured and shared footage of the storm on social media.
Some mentioned that hail the size of golf balls fell from the sky.
Motorists said strong gusts of wind had caused pine trees to fall and block the roads, preventing them from advancing.
A couple of elderly people and their daughter had to be rescued after after a fallen pine tree left them trapped inside their home, according to the Civil Guard.
Majorca firefighters, Civil Guard teams with Special Mountain Intervention Rescue Groups went to the disaster area and are still working to quantify the extent of the damage, a process which Ferra claims will be “endless”.
Hundreds of people have been left with no fresh water, according to the Majorca Daily Bulletin.
Community manager of electric company Endesa, Magdalena Frau, says staff have been working non-stop since noon on Saturday to restore electricity supplies through alternative routes.
The company has been forced to install temporary generators in the area. but locals still remain without Internet service and telephone coverage.
Frau explained it could take some time for normal services to resume due to the damage caused to the lines.
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