Lagos: Many burnt to death as petrol tanker explodes






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An unspecified number of persons got burnt to death on Friday night after a petrol tanker fell on its side and exploded at Gbagada inwards Lagos.

Witnesses said the tanker brushed a car and veered off the road before losing its balance and falling on its side.

General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyitolu, confirmed the incident in a tweet.

He said: “The agency responded to distress calls at about 10 45 pm, and upon arrival at the scene of incident, it was discovered that a tanker with unknown registration number conveying PMS lost control while in motion and subsequently fell sideways.

“This led to an explosion in which two unidentified vehicles were burnt.

“A joint team of responders led by DG LASEMA, LASG fire service, LRU fire unit, Nigeria Police and LASTMA are working together to curb the inferno from escalating further.

“Casualties cannot be ascertained at this time, rescue operation ongoing.(At about 11 pm).”