Demands for improved road and vehicle safety in Nigeria are rising after the deaths of at least nine people, when a tanker crashed with failed brakes and exploded.
The explosion took place around 17:30 (1630 GMT) Thursday on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, one of the main streets of the megacity, and destroyed at least 54 vehicles, according to authorities.
"Unfortunately, nine bodies were found dead and recovered from the scene (eight adults and one man) Minor) and four people suffered various levels of injury and were taken to the hospital." Adesina Tiamiyu, Head of the Civil Protection Department of Lagos (LASEMA
The Heavy-hit Tanker on Thursday's Crash (1
"I could hear the driver screaming too" Brake e mistake, brake fault & # 39 ;. I saw the motor boy (assistant) try to set a wedge to keep the tanker from rolling back, "he told the AFP news agency.
The truck ran back over the wedge and immediately there was a bang bomb and everywhere there was an explosion and fire, so I started running away
Bolarinwa Mufutau, Roadside Automobile Mechanic
Within seconds, fire broke out, forcing motorists to leave their cars and flee.
The recent incident has raised concerns about security practices on the country's roads.
Petrol tanker fires are not uncommon on Nigerian roads, which are often dilapidated and in which vehicles are often old and poorly maintained.
Blocks are often placed behind the wheels of aging, rusting trucks when they are stationed in traffic.
Motorists Challenged in chaos, they ask why fully loaded tankers are allowed to hit the streets at peak times.
Chike Oti, spokesman for Lagos police was quoted by local media as a driver of tankers trucks were warned to "perform all necessary safety checks".