At least 11 injured in tanker explosion in Nigeria

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At least 11 people were injured after a tanker loaded with diesel exploded in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub on Saturday, local police said.

The explosion occurred when the tanker rolled and collided with another articulated truck carrying goods and a salon car along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Olusegun Ogungbemide, head of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Lagos, said in a statement on Saturday evening.

A photo showing a car approaching the scene of an accident on a road. (Getty Images)

He said about 11 passengers were involved in the crash but no death was reported, and rescue teams from various agencies were quickly mobilized to the scene for first aid.

“The rescue team of Lagos Fire service and other emergency responders are making frantic efforts to extinguish the fire,” said Ogungbemide.

The commander also urged the public to be more vigilant while driving on the road, especially during this festive period.

Deadly road accidents are frequently reported in Nigeria due to overloading, poor road conditions and reckless driving.

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