Tragedy was averted Wednesday when a fuel tanker fell spilling its content near a private school in Anthony Village, Lagos.
The incident, which occurred near Cornoa School, located along Oshodi-Gbagada Expressway, had the tanker spilling its content in the neighbourhood but reports said the police and traffic officials were at the scene to prevent people from scooping the spilled content of the tanker.
Although no casualty was recorded, the incident however led to a gridlock on routes connecting the spot.
“It was not an accident as such, it was only a fuel tanker that fell and it contained fuel. The tanker fell off at the turning that goes to Oworonshoki from Ikorodu Road, just a little after Obanikoro bus stop. The tanker fell at about 11 am and people were so scared that it might explode and so instead of them taking that direction, they were now diverting to Anthony interchange and then head back to Oworonshoki.
As expected this caused a lot of bottleneck on the road for those coming from Ojuelegba and even those going to Oshodi from Oworonshoki,” a LASTMA official said.
However, relevant emergency management agencies such as the fire service and police were alerted to be on ground to control the situation and the whole place was barricaded from vehicle entering.
Policemen and traffic officials controlled the situation within few hours.
The fire service also helped to contain the spill and preventing fire outbreak by spraying foam on the tanker and the surrounding areas.