Nine dead, 54 vehicles burnt in Nigeria bridge explosion

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Meanwhile, Nine bodies have so far been recovered from the scene of the tanker fire that gutted vehicles on the Otedola bridge, along Lagos-Ibadan express way on Thursday.

He expressed his deepest condolences to the government and people of Lagos on this tragedy.

"I pray to God to give the victims' families the fortitude to bear the loss", Obasa said in a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS) Musbau Rasak.

ADP, however, called on Lagosians to remain calm at this trying time and pray for the quick recovery of those who sustained various degrees of injury, just as it prayed for the repose of the departed souls.

Oladejo in an interview with Vanguard, described the accident as tragedic considering the lives lost and enormous property lost to the disaster.

"We are removing the burnt vehicles from the road in order to ease traffic congestion".

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ADP noted that it was too unsafe for highly inflammable substances such as PMS and liquefied gas to be transported with other road users at the same time, calling on the state government to come up with a timetable for movement of petroleum products and other heavy-duty trucks capable of causing a frequent road accident.

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon.

The RRS reporting on the development on its Twitter handle said: "Reckless Danfo driver speeding on one way had a head -on collision with Toyota Hiace bus entering Lagos opposite scene of Thursday's tanker fire".

The FRSC also said in its update that the victims were burnt beyond recognition.

According to the FRSC, 54 vehicles also got burnt. There were 45 cars caught in the inferno, along with five buses, two trucks, inec tricycle and the tanker itself. The accident, outward Lagos, happened around 5.30pm.

Men of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and other security officials were on ground for rescue operations. The accident was the result of a brake failure, said the Federal Road Safety Commission spokesperson Bisi Kazeem.