Sunday, 19 February 2012
Petrol tanker catches fire in lagos;kills 5,burns 39 vehicles.
The inferno which occurred in the early hours of Saturday also consumed 39 cars, mostly commercial vehicles.
According to an eyewitness report, the driverof the petrol tanker with registration number, XB370ATN, lost control of the vehicleas the brakes apparently failed him before falling sideways after which the tanker caught fire.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations spokesman, Mr. Joseph Jaiyeoba, a Superintendent of Police, confirmed the incident, saying only three persons were killed in the incident.
He said: "At about 1am, a tanker laden with petroleum with registration number XB370-ATN, was coming towards Orile from Mile 2.The tanker fell offand caught fire. Three persons were burnt to death."
At the last count, 39 vehicles were burnt, mostly commercial buses. Jaiyeoba said a manhunt had been organised for the driver of the tanker who is still at large.