Tragedy as another fuel tanker explodes

Over 50 cars destroyed in horrific gas tanker explosion on Nigerian expressway (VIDEOS)

President Muhammadu Buhari has also reacted to the incident, describing it as sad and regrettable, adding that it is one "of the biggest tragedies in Nigeria".

Nigerian officials say nine people are dead after an oil-carrying tanker truck crashed and burst into flames on a bridge in Lagos.

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Video seen by Reuters showed vehicles ablaze and thick black smoke billowing across a wide stretch of road. He said a distress call was received at around 05:33 p.m. (1633 GMT).

Another four people were injured in the accident on Thursday evening, and 54 vehicles were burned.

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According to the eyewitness who claimed he lost his phone in the incident, it wasn't that tanker driver's fault, as a commercial bus dropped off passenger where there was no bus stop and got into a fast lane without looking at his side mirror.

A joint rescue operation involving FRSC, LASEMA, NPF, RRS, NSCDC, Lagos State Fire service, LASTMA was mounted promptly within 10 minutes of the accident he said. "As a government, we would not relent in putting measures in place to ensure safety of lives and property of all residents", Bamigbetan said. The governor assured that clearing of the highway of damaged vehicles to establish normal traffic flow would continue throughout the night until the objective is achieved.

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