33,000 litres diesel tanker falls, injures one person in Lagos

33,000 litres diesel tanker falls, injures one person in Lagos

 

One person sustained injury as a tanker laden with 33,000 litres of diesel, on Friday, fell along the Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue at Victoria Island, Lagos State; and spilled its content on the road.

According to the Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr. Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, one of the tyres of the truck transporting the diesel burst while in motion; and the truck ran over the highway median, causing a fatal fall.

Two of the tanker’s compartments reportedly open, spilling 22,000 litres of diesel in the process.

1st News learnt that the yet-to-be-identified driver of the truck with number plate KRD-280XN sustained injuries; and taken to the hospital for treatment.

 

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Emergency responders involving the Sharks (Lekki) Response Squad alongside the Bravo Team (Paramedics) of LASEMA; LASTMA, Lagos State Fire Service, Federal Fire service, LCC and policemen; cordoned off the area of the accident and created a diversion to ease vehicular movements.

Reacting to the development, Oke-Osanyintolu said, “On getting to the scene of the incident; a white coloured unbranded tanker with number plate KRD-280XN laden with 33,000 litres of AGO (diesel) was found to have fallen on Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue.

“Further investigation revealed that one of the truck’s tyres burst while in motion. This resulted in the vehicle running over the highway median while the tanker compartment detached; flipped over and rested on its head.

 

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“Two compartments of 11,000 litres each had already discharged their contents on the road; while the last compartment containing 11,000 litres remained intact. The road cordoned off on both sides of the highway; and a diversion created to ease the movement of traffic.

“The combined efforts of the Sharks (Lekki) Response Squad alongside the Bravo Team (Paramedics) of LASEMA, LASTMA, LASG FIRE, FED FIRE, LCC; and the Nigeria Police worked together for a swift recovery.”

According to the LASEMA boss, officials are preparing the road for reopening; while Lasema paramedic team rushed the single casualty- driver, 32, with suspected internal injuries to the hospital.

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