The Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, has revealed that one person suffered injuries in the tanker accident that occurred along Ozumba Mbadiwe road in Lagos on Friday.
According to him, one of the tyres of the tanker conveying 33,000 litres of diesel, burst in motion and the the tanker fell after running over the highway median.
The driver of the vehicle was the only occupant of the vehicle and has been rushed to the hospital for treatment.
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.
“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 was 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. The road is being prepared for reopening while the single casualty- driver, 32, with suspected internal injuries, has been taken to hospital by the Lasema paramedic team.”