OGUB, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Following a distress call received at 16:30hrs Saturday 2nd December, 2023 through the agency’s 112/767 toll-free lines, LASEMA activated the Lagos State Emergency Response Plans and arrived the incident scene with all necessary light and heavy duty equipment.
Upon arrival of the Agency’s LRT at the incident scene, it was observed that a white MACK Petroleum Oil Tanker, registration number unknown, laden to capacity with 45,000 litres of Petroleum Motor Spirit, PMS, a white Hi-Ace interstate bus, registration number EPE 958 YD and a commercial Volkswagen Vanagon bus with registration number JJJ 270 YD, were involved in a road traffic accident at the aforementioned address.
Investigations conducted at the incident scene revealed that the accident occurred when the oil tanker was traversing an undulating portion of the road and fell on two commercial buses killing an adult female in the process, while other lucky occupants of the two buses escaped unhurt.
During the tedious overnight recovery operation, the Agency’s Response Teams were engaged in a running battle with the rampaging miscreants who were debarred from scooping spilt fuel.
The rampaging miscreants employed all forms of tactics in attempts to disrupt the operation in a hostile environment, this included barring recovery of the commodity, before it was finally extricated and handed over to Police Officers from Ojokoro Police Station.
LASEMA coordinated the recovery operation, putting all necessary precautionary measures in place and barring all activities that could lead to an explosion of the fallen oil tanker that was leaking PMS, through sparks and ignition of the spilt PMS.
The agency, however deployed it’s heavy duty sophisticated equipment “Elephant” for swift recovery of the fallen oil tanker, immediately after transloading the remaining contents, while the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Services blanketed the oil tanker all through the recovery process.
Status: The fallen oil tanker has been recovered successfully. The salvaged contents were transloaded into two 20,000 litre oil tankers and safely driven off the incident scene. The entire area has been well blanketed by LASG Fire and Rescue Services to ensure safety.
The Agency’s LRT conducted a post recovery assessment to confirm total safety of residents and road users in the axis. All secondary incidents have been averted and the road has been fully re-opened to the public for vehicular activities. Operation concluded. LRT heading back to base
In Attendance: LASEMA Response Team, LASTMA, LSNC, NPF, LASG Fire & Rescue Services and LASAMBUS.