Stella Dimoko Vehicles Burnt As Tanker Explodes On Festac Link Bridge


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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Vehicles Burnt As Tanker Explodes On Festac Link Bridge

No fewer than 20 vehicles and four commercial motorcycles were on Wednesday afternoon burnt when a tanker laden with petrol fell and spilled its content on the Festac Link Bridge in Awuwo Odofin LGA of Lagos State. The fire started at noon and raged for about an hour. 

Fire fighters arrived at the scene about 30 MINUTES later but did not have enough water to quench the fire. A witness, Mr Olufemi Popoola, said that the tanker, coming from Apple Junction and going to FESTAC Town was ascending the bridge but suddenly rolled back and fell. The impact of the fall separated the tank from the body, resulting in an explosion. He said that some residents and passers-by attacked the fire with buckets of water to no avail.

Popoola , who lives in FESTAC, said that the fire from the tanker spilled over to nearby vehicles , forcing their occupants to run, abandoning them. The fire then spilled into a car shop on the foot of the bridge, burning some of the cars, while the attendants quickly drove out some.

Furniture items, bags and boxes displayed for sale on the foot of the bridge all burnt. Newsmen report that the vehicles burnt included a 2010 Toyota Highlander and a commercial bus.

The fire caused gridlock on the bridge and in the adjoining roads. A crowd of affected persons and sympathisers gathered at the scene to lament the situation. One of the owners of the burnt motorcycles, Mr Akuko Okoli, said that he narrowly escaped death. It was not clear at the time of the report whether any life was lost to the fire.



  1. So sad! I was at the link road axis yesterday for a widow's programme i went with my mom. I saw the smoke from there.

  2. So sad! I was at the link road axis yesterday for a widow's programme i went with my mom. I saw the smoke from there.

  3. Thank God no lives was lost. I always avoid those tankers like leprosy. If I am on a bike, I will tell the bike person to wait.

  4. Too bad, i hope no life was lost

  5. This is sad... What a huge loss.. Hopefully no lives were lost.. We all have to be very prayerful

  6. Jesus Christ..... too sad....
    oh lord for the remaining 16 days of the year my life and that of my family is in your hands....

  7. Nigeria and undevelopement,we should have underground pipes running with water and suction spots at various distances along major roads for fire emergencies.

    If we had that they wouldn't have run out of water and may just have been able to do their jobs.

    I just tire for this zoo called Nigeria abeg, now who is going to take responsibility for the losses of the citizens "NOBODY" since there is no system in place to cater for damages like this.


  8. This is sad... Thank God no Life was lost.

  9. πŸ’”. Thank God no life was lost.

  10. it is well. i just passed there few minutes before this happened. God be praised, shock alone no be here


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