Three people have been burnt to death beyond recognition after tanker exploded in the early hours of Wednesday, affecting trucks and other vehicles along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway at Kara Bridge inward Berger, Lagos State, causing heavy traffic jam.
Punch Metro reports that the remains of the three persons burnt were deposited in the care of the security agencies, while a burnt corpse was spotted by a reporter floating on the Ogun River under the bridge.
According to reports, the fire started around 3:00am when a truck carrying goods lost its brake and ram into a tanker, which ignited the fire and engulfed two other trucks and a Toyota Corolla saloon car in flames.
In a statement, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, said the incident occurred at about 3.08am when a truck carrying brewery products at high speed ran into the tanker carrying 33,000 litres of diesel which caused the fire, where two trucks carrying container and one Toyota Corolla saloon car were burnt in the accident.
“The driver was said to have abruptly applied brake at the Kara Bridge outward Lagos resulting in multiple accident and fire outbreak with colossal loss,” the statement partly read.
Speaking to a news correspondent, an eyewitness and owner of the burnt saloon car revealed that he was coming from work when he ran into traffic on the bridge, adding that the traffic eased a bit when a truck coming from the rear brushed his vehicle by the side and rammed into a tanker, leading to the fire.
“That was how other vehicles, including mine caught fire, and till now I still don’t know how I escaped because the fire was unlike no other,” he added.
Some vehicle owners stuck in the traffic were also seen to be thoroughly frustrated by the development, while many had switched off their engines.