An oil tanker filled with 45,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, also known as petrol, fell and spilled its contents in the early hours of Saturday at Alaka, inward National Stadium Bridge, Western Avenue, Surulere, Lagos, posing a threat to lives.
According to eyewitnesses, the incident occurred at 4 a.m. on Saturday, causing gridlock along the axis as the fallen tanker blocked the ever-bustling road.
Officials from the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, Federal Road Safety Corps and Police Force, were spotted regulating traffic to ensure vehicles are moving to avoid a standstill.
Firefighters from the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, working in conjunction with their federal counterparts, are also currently working to prevent a secondary incident.
The 45,000-litre tanker, which belonged to one of the oil and gas industry’s biggest marketers, was transporting PMS from a Lagos depot to an unknown destination when it was involved in a lone accident, spilling its contents.
Mrs. Adeseye Margaret, Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, however mentioned that the situation was under control as of 7.30 a.m., when delivering an update on the issue.
According to Adeseye, “The situation is under control as the LASTMA officials had diverted traffic from both the fast and service lane to the outward bound lane.
“There are no traces of injury or death as none of the driver or assistants are in sight while mopping up and evacuation continues.”
However, given the volatility of the products involved, the fire service boss urged motorists to be careful and exercise extreme caution when moving within the axis.