UPDATE: TANKER CONVEYING DIESEL EXPLODES ON OTEDOLA BRIDGE, RAZES CAMRY, TRUCK CARRYING CONTAINER

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A tanker conveying diesel on Saturday evening rolled over and burst into flames on the Michael Otedola Bridge causing panic among commuters plying the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

It also razed a Toyota Camry car carrying members of the same family and a truck carrying container. However, no life was lost during the incident.

Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, acting Zonal Coordinator, South West Zonal Office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Farinloye said the accident, which occurred around 5.30 p.m., involved the tanker, a haulage truck and a Toyota Camry 1999 model carrying members of the same family.

He said the tanker was fully loaded with 44,000 litres of AGO (diesel) and was moving towards Berger axis of the expressway when one of its tyres suddenly burst into flames.

Farinloye said people in the immediate vicinity of the accident had called out to the driver of the tanker to stop, but he reportedly tried to reverse the vehicle instead of stopping, thereby colliding with the other vehicles.

Farinloye said the the driver of the haulage truck, the family members in the Camry and both the tanker driver and his assistant all escaped unhurt.

He, however, said that the section of the road where the accident occurred was cordoned off to allow emergency response agencies put out the fire.

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