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Tanker explosion at Lagos Ibadan Expressway causing Gridlock

A tanker, laden with 33,000 litres of Automotive Gas Oil, was travelling out of Lagos exploded around 4am on Monday at Magboro causing traffic on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. 

 PUNCH Metro learnt that the driver was trying to negotiate a bend around the Magboro Bridge when the tanker fell and exploded. 

 Hundreds of motorists spent hours in traffic, while some commuters resorted to trekking. 

 A motorist, identified simply as Chukwuemeka, who was travelling to the eastern part of the country, told our correspondent that he had spent over five hours on the road and was still around Arepo. 

 He said, “I left Lagos around 5am for Enugu, but I started experiencing the traffic from the OPIC area. I learnt that there was a tanker explosion; our government needs to act fast in situations like this so that activities will not just be grounded because of an explosion. 

 “I am going to Enugu and I am still at Arepo at this time so I should have covered a significant distance. I am already tired just by sitting down behind the wheel and moving slowly; the government needs to find something about the issue of tanker explosion happening every time.” 

 Another motorist, Segun Adesafe, said, “We have been on this road since morning and we don’t even know when we’re going to get to our destination. 

The issue of tanker explosion needs to be addressed by our government; we cannot continue like this; they’re not providing for us and we’re trying to provide for ourselves, but tanker explosions are disturbing us now and then.” 

 A commuter, Gbenga Adewolu, said he alighted from the vehicle conveying him to Mowe on the Long Bridge and trekked to Ibafo before boarding another vehicle. 

 An eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “When I woke around 4am, I saw fire raging on the expressway and I thought it was Boko Haram. 

I had to wake my family and neighbors up. We were watching the inferno from my house and saw that it was a tanker that exploded.” 

 (Source; Punch metro)

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