Again, tanker falls, spills fuel on Lagos road
• Pregnant black marketer burnt to death in motorcycle accident
Another tanker laden with fuel yesterday spilled fuel on Ipaja road, Lagos State barely a week after the tanker explosion at Otedola bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. The incident occurred in the early hours of yesterday at Moshalashi bus-stop/roundabout in Ipaja.
According to an official of the Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA) who preferred not to be named, the driver was forced to stop immediately the fuel started leaking.
Officials of the Lagos Neighborhood and Security Corps (LNSC), LASTMA, Lagos Response Unit (LRU), Nigerian Police and Lagos State Fire Service were immediately mobilized to the scene as the content was trans-loaded to another tanker before final evacuation of the damaged tanker, to prevent a recurrence of last week’s explosion.
Meanwhile, tragedy struck in Oghara area of Delta State on Tuesday morning as a pregnant woman simply identified as Mama Gbogbo, was burnt beyond recognition after a motorcycle accident.
According to an eyewitness, Ayo Tunde, “the woman was hit by a car and knocked down from the motorcycle she was riding while carrying a jerry-can of fuel. The fuel exploded in the process and there was nothing that anyone could do to save her as she struggled for her life. Sadly, the driver of the vehicle that hit the woman escaped from the scene and could not be traced.”
Graphic images showed the woman’s motionless body lying in flames beside her motorcycle as sympathisers watched and wailed from a distance. Residents of the area said that was the fourth fatal case recorded in Oghara within the last one week.
“Since a tank farm was opened in Oghara, most women have become petrol marketers. They sell fuel in almost every street in Oghara. The deceased was one of the women engaged in this business,” a resident told The Guardian.