PICS: At least 9 killed as oil-carrying truck crashes, burns in Nigeria

2018-06-29 14:08
Oil tanker that exploded in Lagos killing nine people (STRINGER/AFP)

Oil tanker that exploded in Lagos killing nine people (STRINGER/AFP)

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Nigerian officials say nine people are dead after an oil-carrying tanker truck crashed and burst into flames on a bridge in Lagos.

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 on Thursday 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.

Lagos is Africa's largest city, with a population of more than 21 million people. Nigeria is one of Africa's top oil producers.

Passers-by walk amid burned cars after an oil tanker exploded on a highway on June 28, 2018 in Lagos killing nine people in a huge blaze. (File, AFP)

Bystanders look at the scene of an oil tanker explosion on a highway in Lagos, Nigeria killing nine people in a huge blaze. (File, AFP)

Passersby walk amid burned cars after an oil tanker exploded on a highway on June in Lagos, Nigeria killing nine people in a huge blaze. (File, AFP)

Bystanders and emergency service rescuers look at the scene of an oil tanker explosion on a highway on in Lagos, Nigeria killing nine people in a huge blaze. (File, AFP)

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