Nigeria Fuel Truck Blaze Kills More Lives

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A petrol tanker which caught fire in Nigeria’s biggest city, Lagos, has killed more people, officials say.

More than 50 vehicles, including five buses, were set ablaze after the truck lost control and spilled its contents on a busy motorway during busy hours.

Report says, the truck lost it control and caused that havoc.

Fuel explosions are common in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer. Petrol is transported via badly maintained roads and vehicles.

The incident on Thursday occurred at about 17:30 local time (16:30 GMT) on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, one of the main motorways into the city.

Images later which was shared all over social media indicates black smoke rising from the road and the shells of several burnt-out cars.

President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari said he was “very sad to learn of the tragic loss of lives”.

“Sadly, this seems to be one of the greatest tragedies we have seen in recent times,” he said in a statement.

Government spokesman Kehinde Bamigbetan said it was time “to find ways of ensuring that tankers are driven by drivers who have more responsibility”.
“We need to work more with federal agencies so we don’t have these crises all the time,” he said.

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