By Ayo Olayiwola
Tragedy struck at Alaba Bus stop along Apapa-Oshodi expressway in Lagos on Tuesday when a tanker loaded with petroleum products rammed into a commercial motorcyclist, all in the driver’s bid to avoid being extorted by touts.
The tanker laden with 33,000 litre of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, otherwise called petrol, overturned, crushing a commercial motorcyclist to death.
Eyewitness said the incident happened about 6.45 pm , as driver of the truck tried to evade being extorted by touts
The impact led to the tanker overturning and spilled its content in the process.
The deceased whose identity could not be determined as of press time was later recovered and taken to the mortuary.
Permanent Secretary, of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr.Femi Oke-Osanyitolu, said upon receipt of the report, the agency promptly dispatched a rescue team to the scene for the recovery operation.
According to Oke-Osanyitolu, “The agency responded to an incident at the above location in which a fuel-laden tanker overturned due to a collision between the tanker and a motorcycle.
“Unfortunately, the motorcycle rider was crushed to death underneath the tanker and its contents are spilling onto the road rendering the scene extremely hazardous to other motorists and passersby.
Meanwhile, the agency worked in collaboration with men of the Lagos Fire and Rescue Service, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps, LNSC and the Nigeria Police to secure the scene and carry out secondary incident containment measures while heavy duty equipment by LASEMA had been dispatched to remove the tanker from the road.
“Residents are urged to avoid any naked flame until the incident is contained,” Oke-Osanyitolu stated.