TANKER FIRE AVERTED AT MM2 AND AGEGE… . Scores of air passengers and motorists left stranded.
Written by adebanke adekoya on November 9, 2019
REPORT BY NOSA AITUAMEN
Scores of air passengers and motorists were stranded on the airport road this morning at about 9.45am as a tanker belonging to Forte oil fell and spilling its content on the road.
The driver of the 33,000 litres tanker was said to have lost control of the vehicle while descending the slope on the link bridge between Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja and the Lagos Airport.
To avoid crashing into the Forte Oil filling station leading into the Domestic wing of the airport the driver of the vehicle alleged to be a driver assistant ( Motor boy), swerved the vehicle, hit the median before it fell on its side, after hitting a bus stop shed newly constructed by Lagos state government at the airport.
The prompt responses from combined teams of fire fighters from Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria Aerodrome Rescue Fire Safety Services and the Lagos State Fire Services prevented the tanker from bursting into flame.
LASEMA, Officers available and involved in ongoing blanketing of the entire Area also on ground are Officers of the Nigeria Police Force and LASTMA Officials providing security, crowd and traffic control.
The tanker owned by Forte Oil was bringing supplies into the station when the incident occurred.
The filling station was reopened few months after repair work was completed, the station was burnt down after one of its tanker caught fire and burnt half of the station.
In a similar development, as the Airport Road recovery operation, LASEMA is recovering another fallen oil tanker along the Old Abeokuta motor road Agege.
The Agege fallen tanker is laden with 33,000 litter of Automatic Gas Oil, AGO, (Diesel) which fell off its truck head sideways while driving along the Nigeria Postal Service Agege.
The impact of the fallen tanker resulted in the spillage of its contents with the resultant Blanketing at incident scene ongoing while trans loading process is also ongoing.
The transloading was commenced after carefully identifying the risks involved in order to ensure there’s no loss of lives and valuables in the ongoing operation.
However, to ensure safety and adequate operational space in compliance with international best practices, the entire incident area has been cordoned off.
In a related incident, a truck conveying a 40ft fully loaded container involved in an accident at Alapere inwards Ketu is also being recovered by LASEMA.
The truck with an unknown registration number lost control on motion as a result of mechanical failure, crossed the other lane due to momentum which made it attempt crossing to other side of the road and getting stuck on the culvert a process resulting in obstruction of free vehicular movement.
However, no loss of life nor injury sustained at the scene of incident where LASEMA and LASTMA are responders with early arrival of deployed heavy-duty equipment for quick recovery to prevent secondary incidents in the ongoing recovery operation.
COV/NOSA AITUAMEN/ NOS∆ OKUNBOR
Public Affairs Officer-LASEMA