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Petrol Tanker Falls on Car, Kills One in Lagos



Tanker Accident in Lagos
A petrol tanker with Reg. No. AGL 664 XG, on Sunday morning fell on a moving car in Lagos and killed the lone occupant.

A witness told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the incident happened at about 4.08a.m at Ikorodu roundabout.

He said that the tanker, laden with 33,000 litres of petrol, fell while trying to turn at the roundabout.

“The tanker fell on one Hyunda saloon car with Reg. No. KJA 421 AH, trapping the only occupant in the car – a male – who died before help could come,” the source said.

Confirming the incident, the Director, Lagos State Fire Service, Rasak Fadipe, said that timely intervention of the service prevented fire outbreak from spilling petrol.

Fadipe said that the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), police and some other emergency managers also acted in time to prevent more havoc.

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“The truck was carefully lifted upright, while the dead body was removed by LASEMA response team with the use of light duty equipment. The corpse was taken to the Ikorodu General Hospital mortuary. The vehicles were cleared off the road and handed to the police,’’ he said.

Also commenting, Adeshina Tiamiyu, General Manager of LASEMA, advised motorists to stop over speeding.

He urged them to adhere to all traffic rules and regulations to avoid accidents.

Photo Credit: LASEMA


  1. Nene

    September 25, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    Nigerian drivers are terrible. I always see them trying to overtake tankers and lorries on the express and roundabouts. These cars carry signals to tell drivers to slow down and be cautious. I’m sure the driver in the small car was trying to go fast instead of waiting for the tanker to turn fully

    • Kanyin

      September 26, 2016 at 6:35 am

      You need help really. That’s all I can say.

    • tola

      September 26, 2016 at 8:14 am

      As a driver in Lagos I can assure you it has nothing to do with how fast or slow you are driving. you can obey all the traffic rules in this world and these trucks and tankers can still come and take your life. The government has no plans to do anything despite weekly incidents because obviously there is a group of powerful men/women who own this tankers and trucks and they have no plans of getting them off the road or making them move only at night. To them the occasional deaths of middle class or poor Nigerians does not outweigh the mad money they are making. This is the story of our lives.

  2. Fact

    September 25, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Shame on you Nene. What a horrible comment from someone who wasn’t even an eyewitness to the event. Someone has paid the ultimate price of their life and you did not even show any empathy towards the deceased instead you have the effrontery to blame them even without full concrete details. There is another day for you and him or her in paradise.

    In a more civilized environment a truck carrying fuel should not be sharing the same road with everyday motorists. Any forward thinker should be outraged by the fact that motorists are exposed to this fire hazard on a daily basis. Trucks should have their own lanes and trail roads at hours when the roads are free.

    • o

      September 25, 2016 at 11:55 pm

      Honestly. Even if he was trying to go fast, did he now deserve to die?? Some ppl will just open mouth and talk anyhow….

  3. EbonyFre

    September 27, 2016 at 10:33 am

    This rubbish needs to stop. How many more before we wake up? It could have been anyone.
    Let’s put the right things in place. If we cannot ensure safety with the status-quo, then we should stop these vehicles from moving at certain times of the day.

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