Lagos Residents Scoop Fuel From Fallen Petrol Tanker

A truck laden with petrol collided into a car and spilt its contents on the road in the Funsho Williams Avenue neighborhood of Surulere, Lagos State.

Some residents eventually came out with kegs and buckets to scoop the petrol that had spilled onto the road.

Adeseye Margaret, Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, stated in a statement that the accident occurred approximately 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

She said, “Emergency responders are already on ground mitigating the situation while counting on public support to do away with combustible materials within the vicinity in averting a secondary incident.”

Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, Director of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, stated that additional inquiry found that the tanker, which was carrying 33,000 litres of fuel, fell while mounting the Costain Bridge.

He claimed that the vehicle rolled back, collided with a car, tumbled, and spilled its contents.

“The Lagos Rail Mass Transit, alongside the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Nigeria Police Force, Lagos Fire and Federal Fire are joint responders on the ground to calm the situation,” Oke-Osanyintolu stated.

“The firefighters are blanketing the spilled contents while adequate safety measures have been put in place to avoid ignition of fire and transloading of the product to another tanker is ongoing.

“Members of the public are advised to avoid the area and refrain from scooping of product. Residents should avoid lighting any naked flame until the situation has been fully contained.”