Many are feared dead, vehicles destroyed as a fuel-laden tanker exploded along the Otedola Bridge axis of Berger in Lagos on Thursday evening.
The bridge leads to Berger area and connects the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
In a footages captured by passers-by, many vehicles were still on fire triggered by the explosion.
Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu, General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said the agency got a call on its 112 emergency line around 5:23pm.
The official explained that the inferno occurred when a fuel tanker moving on the Otedola bridge fell and spilled its content.
“We quickly moved in and commenced rescue operation in conjunction with the Nigeria Police, FRSC, State Environmental Monitoring Unit (SEHMU), NSCDC, LASAMBUS, LASTMA and Lagos State Fire Service”, he said.
“A total of 54 vehicles completely razed. 9 bodies were burnt beyond recognition; currently there are 4 critically injured persons who have been taken to the hospital.
“Affected vehicles were coming from 7Up axis and Otedola estate were going inward Berger.
“While efforts are on to reduce the traffic gridlock caused by the accident, we advise road users to use the Ogudu area as well as 7Up route to Agindingbi”, Tiamiyu added.