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Nigeria road tanker explosion kills nine

29 June 2018

An oil tanker exploded in Lagos, Nigeria, late on June 28, killing at least nine people and injuring four, according to the state’s rescue agency. Adesina Tiamiyu, chief of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said in a statement that 54 vehicles were also burned in the explosion on the busy Otedola bridge.

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Tiamiyu said the 33,000-litre capacity tanker crashed into a passenger car and spilled its contents on the road, resulting in a huge fireball.

“Unfortunately, nine bodies were confirmed dead and recovered from the scene (eight adults and a minor) and four persons sustained various degrees of injuries and were taken to the hospital,” he added.

The death toll is expected to rise, a government official told CNN.

Oil tanker accidents are common in Nigeria. In 2015, 69 people were killed and 35 injured after a fuel tanker crashed into a bus stop in Onitsha, Southeast Nigeria.

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