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UPDATE: Two confirmed dead in Kara Bridge Gas tanker explosion

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Two people have been confirmed dead in the fire resulting from an explosion involving a petrol tanker, a gas truck and a cement transport truck at Kara Bridge along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Many residents within the area where startled when the explosion took place at about 1 A.M on Sunday morning

The massive fire explosion was triggered after gas and a petrol tanker collided on Kara Bridge by Berger in Ogun state on Saturday night.

Confirming the casualties, the Lagos State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr Olusegun Ogungbemide, said rescue operations have so far found two dead bodies.

Ogungbemide said, “The inferno as a result of the explosion is almost getting to an end. The fire services are still here from Lagos and Ogun states.

“So far, we have been able to move two casualties to the General Hospital Gbagada. One was burnt beyond recognition.

“The accident involved three tankers and one truck. Two of the tankers carrying petrol, another carrying gas, and an articulated truck,” he said.

The driver of the gas tanker who has been identified as a Yusuf Tiamiyu told the BBC pidgin correspondent that he was waiting for the curfew to be over when his tanker was hit by a petrol tanker which had a brake failure.

The Kara bridge is the main access route linking Ogun state to Lagos State from the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway., Southwest Nigeria.

An eye witness said the explosion which was as long as nearly 100 metres on the bridge can be seen from nearly a mile from the scene of the fire explosion.

Men of the Federal and Lagos State Fire Service arrived the scene swiftly to douse the flames, a task which has continued for hours, thereby causing heavy traffic jam on both sides of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

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