Tragedy Averted as Fuel Tanker Accident Shuts Down Surulere Bridge  - The Top Society

Tragedy Averted as Fuel Tanker Accident Shuts Down Surulere Bridge 

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Surulere, Lagos State – Emergency responders averted a potential tragedy on Tuesday when an articulated vehicle carrying Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), commonly known as petrol, toppled over on Stadium Bridge inward Barracks/Ojuelegba, Funsho Williams Avenue, Surulere, Lagos.

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The incident, which could have resulted in a catastrophic fire explosion, was confirmed by the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) in a statement issued today.

According to Adebayo Taofiq, the Director of Public Affairs and Enlightenment at LASTMA, the tanker with registration number T–22032EA fell on a Golf Volkswagen car (KRD 810 EA), causing its volatile contents to spill over onto the expressway.

In a swift and coordinated response, multiple emergency responders, including the LASTMA Response Unit (LRU) and the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Services, rushed to the scene.

The Area ‘C’ Police Division at the Barracks provided essential security backup, ensuring the safety of both responders and onlookers.

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To manage the situation and avoid further risks, traffic on Stadium Bridge inward Barracks/Ojuelegba was redirected to the service lane, allowing motorists to continue their journeys with minimal disruption.

“After arriving at the scene, our personnel immediately secured the environment against area boys including other members of the public who had already gathered with buckets/jerry cans with the intention of scooping spreading fuel on the road,” he stated.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that the falling Coniol tanker loaded fuel at Apapa and was on its way to Ikeja before the truck developed a break failure on Stadium Bridge,

“Traffic Officer Olukoga Olajide who led LASTMA rescue operations to the scene confirmed that the driver of the falling Coniol tanker (Sefiyu Adamu) was arrested and handed over to Apapa and was on his way to Ikeja before the truck developed a brake failure on Stadium Bridge,” he stated.

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