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Many escape death in fresh Lagos tanker accident

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) had another busy weekend as they were on the ground for the recovery of five vehicles involved in a multiple road accident that happened in the Maryland area of Lagos.

The agency’s Director-General, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said in a statement that the accident occurred when an oil tanker loaded with 45,000 litres of PMS crashed into two containerised trucks.

“The oil tanker, with unknown registration number, eventually crushed two other vehicles when its brake system developed mechanical failure on the motion.

“Upon arrival, it was observed that there was an accident involving three trucks and two vehicles.

“The crushed vehicles are Toyota Sienna with registration number, APP635 AY and Toyota Camry with registration number, KSF 543 GX, at the said location.

“Further investigation revealed that the accident occurred as a result of a mechanical fault developed by the said oil tanker,” he said.

He said that the tanker had brake failure while in motion and crashed into other trucks and vehicles.

According to him, no life was lost.

“However, the agency’s heavy-duty equipment super metro and crane were dispatched for the swift recovery of the trucks.

“This was aimed at averting secondary incidents as the accident caused heavy gridlock in the axis,” he said.

The recovery operation was conducted with the agency’s response teams alongside Nigeria Police and Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA).

“All vehicles involved in the incident has been removed,” he added.

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