Residents and motorists in the Surulere area of Lagos State experienced panic and traffic gridlock on Saturday morning due to a gas tanker leakage.
The incident occurred on Ikorodu Road, near Stadium Road.
Emergency responders quickly arrived at the scene and cordoned off the area to ensure the safety of residents and motorists.
The leakage began around 9 a.m. when the tanker driver experienced a mechanical fault, causing the tank to start leaking liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
Fire service personnel worked to dampen the area and prevent any potential fire outbreak.
Videos of the incident showed rescuers attempting to evacuate the leaking gas tanker.
Margaret Adeseye, the Director of Lagos Fire and Rescue Service, confirmed that the situation was under control and that the area had been secured by the rescue team.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyitolu, urged residents to be calm as the situation posed no threat due to ongoing rescue operation.
According to Oke-Osanyitolu, “There is currently road closure from Stadium to Ojuelegba (on both sides).
“A truck carrying gas had an accident and gas started leaking.
“The vehicle was stopped around Stadium Hotel Bus Stop, along the Funsho Williams Avenue (Western Avenue).
“The Lagos Fire and Rescue Service, Federal Fire Service, Police, LASEMA, LASTMA are currently on site doing the needful for proper safety of the entire community, road users and Lagosians at large.”
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