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Otedola Bridge fire: Lagos govt reveals cause of explosion

 

The Lagos State Government has released initial findings into the fatal accident that happened on the Otedola Bridge, near the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Thursday June 28th 2018.

The accident caused by a petrol tanker, led to the death of 12 people, while over 50 cars were also burnt. While addressing journalists on Sunday, the Lagos Commissioner for Transportation, Ladi Lawanson, said interim findings showed that the petrol tanker was carrying far above its appropriate weight.

“ “It (the tanker) was manufactured in 1999 by Mack Trucks Inc at its assembly plant in Winnsboro, United States. This truck was designed as a 14,959kg (approximately 15 ton) drilling rig with low bed, but it was converted in Nigeria from a drilling rig to fuel tank carrier to carry 30 tonnes.

“From this preliminary investigation, the truck should not have been loaded to the weight of 30 tonnes, which is twice its pulling capacity,” the Commissioner said, adding that further investigation into the current ownership of the tanker and other related details were progressingLawanson said: “As an immediate response to the latest incident, the Lagos State Governmenthereby announces the following measures: Fuel tankers are hereby directed to ply the designated trailer route, that is, Apapa-Oworonshoki Expressway via Ogudu to Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

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