Nine killed as oil-carrying truck crashes in Nigeria

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The tanker explosion which occurred on Thursday evening on Otedola Bridge, inward Ojodu Berger area of the State has called for reaction.

Emergency workers from Lagos state emergency Management Authority and Lagos fire service are reportedly at the scene.

Two buses crashed into each other on Otedola Bridge along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Friday, June 29, 2018, just as emergency responders were busy clearing the part of the bridge that witnessed the death of at least nine people when a fuel tanker exploded on Thursday.

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Passersby and traffic officials as well as emergency responders collaborated to evacuate passengers in the two buses, which were almost filled to capacity, to emergency centres.

"Nine people are dead and four injured are in hospital", said Tiamiyu.

In a statement, Kehinde Bamigbetan, commissioner for information, described the incident as a sad development, saying it is "most unfortunate and regrettable".

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While commending the people for their patience, the governor assured that the State Government would continue to put measures in place to mitigate such incidents in future.

It's unclear if any lives were lost. "Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this time of pain and grief", the statement read. The driver was said to have been moving at top speed and it was said he drove recklessly.

"Unfortunately maybe lost control and then spilled nearly all its contents on the road and there was an explosion which caught up with a lot of vehicles". Mudashiru Obasa also commiserated with the families of victims.

"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.

According to the eyewitness who claimed he lost his phone in the incident, it wasn't that tanker driver's fault, as a commercial bus dropped off passenger where there was no bus stop and got into a fast lane without looking at his side mirror.

According to Bisi Kazeem, spokesman of the FRSC, the cause of accident was break failure suffered by the petrol laden tanker. Efforts are now on going to contain the raging fire while all the emergency responders are on the ground to manage the huge disaster scene.

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