Pregnant woman, hubby, child, others die in petrol tanker fire

Date: 03-12-2010 12:03 pm (10 years ago) | Author: Aliuniyi lawal
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No fewer than five persons, including a pregnant woman, her child and husband died, while several others have been declared missing in a petrol tanker fire in Lagos yesterday. Lagos Police Command Spokesman, Mr. Frank Mba, a Superintendent of Police, confirmed five persons dead and eight persons injured.

Daily Sun learnt the injured were rushed to nearby hospitals.
Mba’s statement reads: “Today at about 5.45a.m. a tanker with a registration number XZ 777 JJJ loaded with petroleum product suspected to be premium motor spirit was involved in a fatal accident near Fin-Niger Bus-Stop. The driver reportedly ran into a ditch under circumstances yet to be ascertained. The contents spilled on the road and it eventually went up in flames.”

He said the tanker and seven other vehicles were burnt, while five person were burnt beyond recognition and eight others sustained various degrees of burns.” Although the police put the casualty figure at five, Daily Sun learnt that more than 10 persons were consumed by the tanker fire.

Witnesses told Daily Sun that the cause of the tragedy should be traced to the tanker and another car on top speed which overtook the tanker earlier.
It was gathered that as the car suddenly moved in front of the long vehicle, the tanker driver attempted to maneuver to avoid ramming into it. In the process the tanker lost control, fell on its side, and spilled its cargo on the road.

The witnesses said the driver and conductor of the tanker tried to alert oncoming vehicles but the motorists failed to heed the warning and kept driving past.

It was gathered that the movement of the cars and mini-buses ignited the fire, leading to an explosion from the tanker.

Daily Sun gathered that the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations in the Lagos State Police Command, Mr. Abdullateef Junaid immediately proceeded to the scene to assist in the evacuation of the victims of the fire.

A witness who was identified as John Dickson said shortly after, the men of the Nigeria Police, Nigeria Civil Defence Service Corps, Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA) and sympathizers arrived they were able to rescue eight people who suffered severe burns.
As at press time, nothing was heard about those who reportedly ran towards the swamp for safey. Efforts by the police only yielded scanty results as only two persons were rescued.

Some residents and sympathizers lamented that more people went towards the swamp, but only two were rescued.
They pointed to items such as shoes, groundnuts and baked cow pea which littered the vicinity of the swamp as evidence that there were still more people in the area. Dickson told Daily Sun that, “a man and his pregnant wife and their little baby were burnt to death in the fire. Some people died inside the swamp. Some are still missing. I believe more than 10 persons were killed in the fire.”
Some of the victims were reportedly rushed to Holy Family Hospital, Satellite Town, while others were moved to the General Hospital.

In tears and anguish relatives of the deceased thronged the scene of the incident to search for their loved ones.
A relative who was identified as Achike told Daily Sun that he was sleeping in a hut on a farmland with other farmers when all of a sudden they heard a loud bang which was followed by a huge fire
Achike said: “We ran for our lives, you know the farmland is swampy. As we were running for safety, some of us fell into the swamp and we believe they are still there.”

He noted that he was able to see some of his colleagues who ran for dear life, “ but as I am talking to you, my best friend Okon is nowhere to be found. I am sure he drowned in the swamp.
Maduabuchi Okone who took an early bus from Mile-2 on his way to Republic of Benin said he managed to escape from the fire. “Our bus ran into the fire. We have to rush out from the bus. I broke my leg. So, I could not run far but other occupants of the bus ran towards the farmland. I am still surprised that when we converged to continue the journey, some of the passengers were nowhere to be found.”
Continuing, he said, the fire fighters should, as a matter of urgency assist in combing the swampy area to fish out those that were missing.

Another person who could not control his anger, Martins Okoye said he was suspecting that his wife Rose might be among the dead. “I have searched through all the hospitals the police directed me to visit but I can’t find her. I believe my wife may have been burnt beyond recognition.”

He said his wife was travelling to Badagry in an unknown vehicle but that since the incident, her phone had been switched off. “The time the incident happened coincided with the time my wife called me that she was on her way to Cotonou and that she was around Fin-Niger.
He said the government should take the issue of citizens seriously by making sure that those who were trapped in the swamp were rescued and that the identities of those who lost their lives in the fire tragedy were ascertained.

An artisan at the Dantata Bus Stop area of the Badagry-Mile 2 who was identified as Adeosun Yusuf, who was on his way to work when the incident occurred described what he saw as a waste of human lives.
Adeosun, a vulcaniser told Daily Sun that he was shocked at the spread of the fire and the way it consumed everything in its path.

“This is a bad way to start preparations for Christmas this December. I was on my way to work. I usually come out early because of people who go to work early and may have flat tyres. It was while I was just trying to set my tools of work that I heard a loud sound and when I looked up, I saw that it was a tanker carrying fuel that fell. Then, the driver and conductor got out and started making calls as I walked closer to see for myself the extent of damage.

“Within a few minutes, the tanker exploded and those of us trying to get to the scene of the accident had to run back for safety. I saw cars, buses and small trucks trying to escape the fire. The fire was so much that we were just unable to do anything.

Posted: at 3-12-2010 12:03 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
- ladyb4u at 3-12-2010 01:58 PM (10 years ago)
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may their soul rest in peace
Posted: at 3-12-2010 01:58 PM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- gentlewill2002 at 3-12-2010 03:40 PM (10 years ago)
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we all have to pray 4 God's guidiance each day before leaving home
Posted: at 3-12-2010 03:40 PM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- Adikpe at 3-12-2010 05:13 PM (10 years ago)
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May their souls rest in peace.
Posted: at 3-12-2010 05:13 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- aliaaz at 3-12-2010 05:37 PM (10 years ago)
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All dis accident here and dere don tire me....Na wah ohhh 4 dis country.

Posted: at 3-12-2010 05:37 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Renewed at 3-12-2010 05:50 PM (10 years ago)
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 :'(

Posted: at 3-12-2010 05:50 PM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- mydicksweet at 3-12-2010 05:55 PM (10 years ago)
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RIP
Posted: at 3-12-2010 05:55 PM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- monday3 at 3-12-2010 06:26 PM (10 years ago)
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IS PAINFULL
Posted: at 3-12-2010 06:26 PM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- uchex at 3-12-2010 07:25 PM (10 years ago)
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Omg..wdf??may their souls rest in peace.
Posted: at 3-12-2010 07:25 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Maxodus at 3-12-2010 08:55 PM (10 years ago)
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Wat a tragedy
Posted: at 3-12-2010 08:55 PM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- cadanre at 3-12-2010 09:49 PM (10 years ago)
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RIP

Posted: at 3-12-2010 09:49 PM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- onyimau20 at 3-12-2010 10:52 PM (10 years ago)
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What a sad news! may their gentle soul rest in perfect peace, Amen.
Posted: at 3-12-2010 10:52 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- ajanni at 3-12-2010 11:15 PM (10 years ago)
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may their souls rest in peace
Posted: at 3-12-2010 11:15 PM (10 years ago) | Grande Master
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- ajanni at 3-12-2010 11:16 PM (10 years ago)
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may their souls rest in peace
Posted: at 3-12-2010 11:16 PM (10 years ago) | Grande Master
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- chioz2010 at 3-12-2010 11:51 PM (10 years ago)
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May their souls rest in peace- RIP. but the driver/ conductor did make a mistkae by using their phone - Fuel - and Mobile phone - magnetic - system .  For example - is prohibited to use mobile phone in any Gas- Station.
Posted: at 3-12-2010 11:51 PM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- Freesmile at 4-12-2010 02:30 AM (10 years ago)
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extremely painful
Posted: at 4-12-2010 02:30 AM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- princedafe at 4-12-2010 07:57 AM (10 years ago)
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RIP
Posted: at 4-12-2010 07:57 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- kayfem at 4-12-2010 08:00 AM (10 years ago)
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R.I.P
Posted: at 4-12-2010 08:00 AM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- ajanni at 4-12-2010 09:16 AM (10 years ago)
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R I P
Posted: at 4-12-2010 09:16 AM (10 years ago) | Grande Master
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- otagermo at 4-12-2010 11:38 AM (10 years ago)
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sad n painfull news. may their souls rest in peace. :'( :'
Posted: at 4-12-2010 11:38 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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