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LASEMA recovers fallen tanker in Lagos, averts danger with timely intervention

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Disaster was averted yesterday following the timely intervention of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) in containing the spill of petrol from a fallen tanker on Ozumba Mbadiwe road in Victoria Island, Lagos.

The safe recovery of the spilling tanker, which started earlier in the day, was concluded with no loss of lives or injuries sustained to staff, populace or damage to properties. The recovered tanker was towed to the Ikoyi NNPC filling station while full vehicular activities were restored.

Investigations revealed that the tanker had no mechanical faults, as it was driven from where the runaway driver abandoned it with the key in the ignition, down to the Bar Beach Police station and handed over to the police.

The accident occurred between 5 and 6 a.m. yesterday when a Dangote truck with registration number AJG 35 XA hauling cement collided with a stationary NNPC truck at the Ozumba Mbadiwe junction by the traffic light. The fuel tanker with registration number BDG 702 XE had stopped by a red light before being brushed and pierced by the Dangote truck. The Dangote truck driver reportedly dozed off for a moment and tried to avoid ramming into the oil tanker and swerved but the protruding guide on the side of the truck pierced the tanker.


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