On Workers’ Day – May 1st 2014, residents of Lekki Admiralty Way, Lagos, woke up to a hazardous scene.
In the early hours of this morning, a diesel truck fell on the road and caught fire. Cars and a few property close to the truck were lost to the fire outbreak.
The explosion occurred close to a place where several car hire cabs were parked, with their owners staying close to them.
It was learnt that the driver of the tanker, who was reported to be sleeping on the wheel, lost control of the vehicle which skidded off its lane, ramped into concrete in the median and fell, spilling its contents
The inferno that trailed the crash razed to ashes four vehicles parked close to the scene of the accident and the tanker with foreign registration number, BS 111FR.
However, the driver of the ill-fated tanker was reported to have escaped the fire which destroyed the portion it spilled its contents and there were no casualties.
A boat parked close to the scene of the crash miraculously survived the raving fire, which almost spread to some houses in the area.
An eyewitness, who said the incident occurred about 6 am, explained: “The driver was on speed and lost control but before he knew what was happening, the tanker had already caught fire.
The scene of the crash was cordoned off by policemen while the burnt tanker which blocked one lane of the dual carriageway was yet to be towed off at press time.