Lagos/Ibadan Expressway Inferno: Reckless driving responsible – LASEMA

Lagos State Emergency Management Agency LASEMA, has attributed the early morning inferno which occurred along Lagos/Ibadan Expressway to reckless driving on the part of one of the drivers of the articulated trucks involved in the incident.

However, the Agency said the inferno has been finally contained though about four vehicles were destroyed.

LASEMA General Manager Dr. Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu said investigations conducted at the incident scene attributed the cause of the inferno to reckless driving.

According to him, visibility has improved at the scene which shows that four articulated trucks ravaged by the fire were two articulated trucks laden with 33,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) each, another articulated truck laden with several cubic feet of compressed natural gas and an articulated tipper truck.

He said the inferno has been extinguished through the combined efforts of the Lagos Fire Service, Lagos Response Unit and other stakeholders like UBA Fire safety team and Julius Berger Fire team due to the magnitude of the inferno.

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The DG said the Agency was yet to determine the number of fatalities saying, “We are yet to determine the number of fatalities but have identified remains within the debris and ash,”

Recalled that the incident was reportedly recorded on Kara Bridge, at about 2.18am, when an articulated truck laden with 33,000litres of Premium Motor Spirit crashed Into another articulated trucks travelling on same axis.

The impact of the crash was said to have resulted in the inferno which lasted for hours as one of the articulated trucks discharged it’s content which travelled into the neighborhood and sparked while the fire degenerated and destroyed three other trucks.

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