Lagos – Otedola bridge cut fire yesterday Thursday 28th June,as a result of brake failure of a truck carrying fuel. An eye witness stated that immediately the brake failed the tanker fell and started spilling fuel and exploded.
According to Adewale Adesanya, the eye witness immediately he noticed the highly combustible liquid spilling on the road and approaching his vehicle, he ran out and crossed over to the other side. He said: “Due to the state of the road, I saw the content spilling towards my vehicle with fire accompanying it. So I quickly ran out of the vehicle and crossed to the other side to avoid been caught in the inferno.”
Also, a female eyewitness, one Maria Oje, while in tears, described her escape as the handwork of God. She stated that she saw how some motorists tried to escape, but did not make it. In her words: “One of them, who was on fire, fell down, as he could not run any longer
Another commuter, one Michael Simon, whose car was among the vehicles which got burnt in the inferno, stated: “I am happy I didn’t die while trying to escape from the scene. I tried maneuvering my vehicle to avoid been burnt, but my efforts proved abortive.”
No fewer than nine persons were burnt beyond recognition with 54 vehicles torched in a fuel tanker explosion at Otedola Bridge, near the old toll gate.