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Tanker crash fire death toll up to 15

08 January 2014, 18:51

Lagos - Fifteen people were killed in Nigeria's financial hub Lagos when a tanker loaded with fuel overturned and burst into flames, a rescue agency said on Wednesday.

National Emergency Management Agency (Nema) spokesperson Ibrahim Farinloye told AFP initially that nine people had died in the accident, which happened just before midnight (23:00 GMT) on Tuesday.

"The fire service have since picked up six more bodies," he later added, taking the death toll to 15.

Four houses, four buses and more than 60 shops were destroyed by the fire, which was extinguished shortly after 01:00 local time on Wednesday, Farinloye added.

The accident happened on the Apapa-Oshodi expressway, which links the city's international airport with the seaport, and caused long delays to traffic on the route, which is one of the city's busiest.

The head of Lagos fire service, Rasaq Fadipe, said in an interview on Channels television that the driver of the lorry was among the dead.

Several people were also injured, he added, without specifying a figure.



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