This video shows the moment just before the Lagos explosion happened.
The explosion resulted in the death of at least nine people and the destruction of 54 cars that were completely burnt.
In the dash cam footage that was published by a certain Veronica Onuchi on Instagram on Friday, June 29, a driver caught the moment that the fuel tanker started going in reverse in traffic.
The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) already disclosed that the accident was due to a brake failure and the motorboy of the truck could be seen frantically trying to put a wedge behind the tanker to stop it from moving backwards.
The alarmed driver was caught on camera lamenting about how an accident was about to happen and quickly raced ahead of the tanker.
Watch the video below:
How yesterday's Fuel tanker explosion happened. This was sent to a group I belong to. Government has to come up with different routes for heavy duty trucks and vehicles and ensure that they comply to following those dedicated routes else... This will keep happening. #fireoutbreak #explosion #lagos #otedolabridgefire #otedolabridge #eyewitnessaccount #update
While the video could not be verified independently by Pulse at the time of publishing this story, the time stamp on the video (05:18pm) matches the time that officials have said the explosion happened.
According to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), the accident occurred when a Mack tanker truck loaded with 33,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) fell and spilled its content on the road resulting into a fire outbreak.
At least four others suffered from varying degrees of burns while at least 54 vehicles were also lost to the terrible accident.
After paying a visit to the scene of the tragic accident as emergency responders cleaned up the scene late on Thursday, state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, took to his Facebook account to express his sadness over the tragic loss of lives.
He wrote, "Very sad day. The loss of lives in an accident like today is very painful. My prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy."
In a statement signed by the state's Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Kehinde Bamigbetan, the government commiserated with families of victims who lost their lives and properties in the fatal tanker explosion. He described the accident as a sad development, saying that it was most unfortunate and regrettable.
He urged motorists to continue to adhere to safety standards and the state's traffic laws so as to prevent a recurrence of such an accident.