A bus has caught fire close to the Oke-Afa Bridge in the Isolo area of Lagos after a tanker spilled its content on the road.
The incident occurred by 4 a.m. Tuesday.
Eyewitnesses said two occupants of the bus died in the incident while the bus driver was rushed to the Isolo General Hospital for treatment.
According to eyewitnesses, passengers in four other vehicles following behind the bus scampered to safety on noticing the fire.
The conductor of the bus was said to have jumped off before the fire overwhelmed the vehicle.
Safety Record can report that at 4:50 pm on Monday, a fuel tanker tumbled in the air multiple times before crashing in the area.
There was no explosion then even though the tanker spilled its contents on the road.
The fallen petrol tanker was lifted and taken away by the authorities.
An eye witness who spoke said,”A trailer with full load of fuel fell down yesterday due to this bad road. So while the fuel started gushing down, you know this bad road, so from there it now settled in that hole (pointing to a spot on the road) and motor was passing during that time, this one following this one, without knowing that it was fuel, so it caught fire.
“This thing happened as a result of bad road”.
Another eyewitness said, ”2 people died not 13 that people are saying. The driver of the bus is in General hospital, but I talked with the conductor (on phone) and he said he didn’t injure, that he is safe.
”But I don’t know how many people got injured.”
Men of the Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps(LNSC); the Lagos State Fire Service; and the Nigerian Police were on ground to seal off the area from road users.
Residents were quick to direct vehicles driving towards the area to other outlets to avoid a fire but they could do little about the explosion today as the incident happened very early in the morning.
The Lagos State Fire Service had sent rescue but had its vehicle sandwiched in the resulting traffic.
Road commuters were left stranded because of the incident, with transporters immediately exploiting the incident to hike transport fare.
The identity of the tanker driver is yet unknown but it was gathered that he had just left the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) depot in Ejigbo Local Council Development Area when the incident happened.