A tanker laden with 33,000 litres of petrol Wednesday reportedly fell on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway crushing a white Hyundai delivery van at Singer Area, Sango-Ota.
The tanker was said to be travelling outside Sango-Ota before it fell at a failed section of the road.
The content of the tanker spilled on the road and drainage channels around the area, forcing vehicles to divert to the opposite lane, which led to a gridlock.
The timely arrival of security and traffic agencies to the scene was said to have prevented a disaster, as okada riders and street urchins had besieged the scene with various sizes of kegs and other containers, ready to scoop petrol.
Also, policemen, personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, TRACE, and the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, were on ground to keep the intruders at bay.
The Public Relations Officer of TRACE, Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the incident.
He said, “The tanker fell this morning between 5:30 am and 6 am but the area had been cordoned off to avoid any form of disaster. Apart from TRACE, the Police, Federal Road Safety Corps and firefighters are on ground at the scene, to prevent people from coming to scoop petrol, which is quite dangerous.
“Efforts are being made to remove the tanker and the Hyundai van from the scene.”
Newsbreak.ng gathered that a similar incident occurred on the expressway at Owode-Iyana Ilogbo axis two weeks ago.