It’s no other time than now for the Lagos State Government and the State Emergency Management Agency to implement possible structural modifications to major roads in the State and come out with new rules for the movement of trucks after a tanker loaded with fuel and belonging to Oando Oil Company fell off its truck in the early hours on Saturday over the Ojuelegba Bridge in a densely populated part of Lagos.
The mishap triggered a fire that injured several residents, burnt part of a mosque as well as several cars, according to a report.
Witnesses said the fuel-loaded tanker fell off its truck as the vehicle was being driven over the bridge that connects both Lagos Island and the city’s mainland via Ikorodu Road. Most of the spilled fuel flowed into a nearby canal that flows down near some buildings. Fire first exploded in a residential flat attached to a mosque at 19 Ajoke Dosunmu Street and known as Beleke Smith Mosque.
Several witnesses claimed that cooking by a resident in the building apparently ignited the spilled fuel.
The fire raged backward through the canal, causing the tanker to explode and to burn several vehicles parked under the bridge. Some residents in the apartment attached to the mosque were reportedly injured and had been taken to a hospital. Another man reported to have been urinating at the time of the explosion was also seriously injured, witnesses said. He too was taken to a hospital.
A Toyota Solara car parked close to the fence of the affected building was completely burnt along with a merchandise shop and a lotto center called Baba Ijebu.
Several weeks ago, another fuel tanker caused a major accident at the same spot.
Some business owners and residents of the area have said that the strength of the bridge’s structural integrity had been compromised owing to the frequency of accidents and fires occurring on it.