Not less than 13 persons have been reported dead in a ghastly fire incident that occurred at the Lotto area of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
In an attempt to avoid crashing into a herd of cows walking on the expressway, a tanker laden with Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol, belonging to Total Nigeria Plc had skidded off the road and went up in flames in Ogun state on Tuesday.
It was also gathered that several of the cows died on the spot as some of the fuel spilled on the road and into the open drainage, before the tanker crashed and went up in flames.
On sighting the havoc caused, the Fulani herdsmen, who owned the cows, fled the scene immediately as residents attempted to lynch them.
Speaking on the matter, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi confirmed the incident, saying that, “The road was soaked with fuel after the tanker fell.
“The police and the fire service men were trying to neutralise the power of the petrol when fire broke out. The fire service truck, which was on duty, was the first to be burnt.”
“Four other persons were injured in the inferno, including an official of the Ogun State Fire Service, identified as Ayodele Adetayo.”
“No fewer than 13 people were burnt beyond recognition. About five vehicles were also burnt.
“We urge those whose relatives are missing to come forward for possible identification because for now we cannot recognise anybody.”
Those injured were said to have been rushed to private hospitals before being transferred to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital.
Police officers attached to the Redemption Camp division were said to have removed the dead cows, and contacted Total to send another truck for fuel transfer.
Some residents came out and started scooping the fuel spilled into the gutter when a Sports Utility Vehicle, SUV, which had a burst tire drove on its rim and ignited a fire.
Fire then engulfed an 18-seater bus driving behind it, two Hilux vans, a Dangote truck and a fire service truck, which was rounding off operation.