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Nigeria fuel truck blaze kills at least nine

PICTURED: Lagos-Ibadan expressway

A PETROL TANKER crashed and burst into flames on a bridge in Lagos, resulting in the death of nine people.

The Lagos state emergency management agency says in a statement that one of the dead was a child. Another four people were injured in the accident Thursday (June 28) evening, and 54 vehicles were burned.

It is not immediately clear what caused the crash.

The statement says fire, police and other authorities are on the scene amid efforts to clear the road of the destroyed vehicles. Local television footage showed emergency responders walking among the charred-white vehicles, some of them still burning inside.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari said he was "very sad to learn of the tragic loss of lives".
"Sadly, this seems to be one of the greatest tragedies we have seen in recent times," he said in a statement.

Government spokesman Kehinde Bamigbetan said it was time "to find ways of ensuring that tankers are driven by drivers who have more responsibility".
"We need to work more with federal agencies so we don't have these crises all the time," he said.

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