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Petrol tanker summersaults, no casualty

19 April 2013, 07:39

Lagos - A petrol tanker belonging to MRS Oil on Thursday summersaulted at the Toyota bus stop along the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway in Lagos, the state Fire Service has confirmed.

Mr Rasaq Fadipe, a Director with the service told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the vehicle, with registration number XA 282 JHN, was fully loaded with 33,000 litres of petrol.

Fadipe said that the accident happened at about 8.48 p.m. the was coming from the Apapa Depot before it summersaulted  around 8.48 p.m.

"We have deployed our men to the place to control traffic and ensure the safety of the people around the area.

"We were able to rescue men out of the tanker and channelled the product to a gutter to avoid an inferno on the expressway."

The director said that the accident caused a gridlock on the expressway but added that security agencies were quickly drafted to maintain law and order.

He further said that said that fire service men from Isolo and Ilupeju were deployed to the place, in case on any fire outbreak.

He said that the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Police and the Rapid Response Squad ( RRS) were all on ground to tackle the situation.

Furthermore, the Lagos State Transport Monitoring Agency (LASTMA) was also on ground to control traffic, he added and urged commuters and residents of the area not to panic.

"We want to appeal to motorists and residents to put their minds at rest as the situation has been brought under control."

Fadipe, however, advised marketers and oil companies to avoid giving young drivers their vehicles to convey petroleum products.

He stressed that oil companies and marketers should not engage unqualified and unregistered truck drivers.

NAN reports that there was no casualty as at the time of filing this report.



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