Mile 2 tanker fire: Driver, conductor still at large

... 4 number plates recovered from ill-fated tanker
The last has not been heard of the accident that occurred at Mile 2 area of Lagos State, last weekend, which claimed three lives and 34 vehicles. The driver and conductor of the ill-fated tanker were still at large.

 The driver and conductor whose names were still shrouded in secrecy by the security operatives were said to have escaped from the scene immediately the tragedy struck.

 The Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Amuwo Odofin Branch (Mile-2 Oke Unit), Kayode Adeyemi identified one of the three deceased simply as Alade.
 Adeyemi told Daily Sun that three different number plates were found inside the tanker that caused the accident. He said the number displayed in front of the tanker was different from the three inside the vehicle.
 He said that most of the tanker drivers were not given enough driving training. He insisted that the inexperience of the driver caused the accident.

 While thanking the Lagos State government for the tremendous assistance to the union since the tragedy struck, Adeyemi said the Fashola- led government usually provide succour to people in this kind of crisis.
 Another man who identified himself simply as Tunji alleged that the condition of the vulcanizer, Rasheed was still critical and doctors were doing all they could to save his life.

 Tunji alleged that the fire literally ‘roasted’ Rasheed. He prayed that God would heal him.
 Meanwhile, earth moving equipment were used to remove the affected vehicles from the scene of the accident. The Lagos State Government through its Ministry of Transport moved the carcass of the affected vehicles to a site at Gbagada.
 In another development, people residing at Maza Maza, near a lagoon that separated it with Mile 2 turned the lagoon to a Mecca of a sort, as they moved to the shore in droves to catch a glimpse of a dead man floating in the water.

 At about 2.30 pm when the body was sighted by a passer-by, people who saw the body made comments about the unidentified man.
 A man who identified himself as Isa Mohammed, a security man attached to PNL said the man wore black Tee shirt and black trouser. Mohammed alleged that the deceased was light in complexion. A woman who identified herself simply as Deborah alleged that the dead man could be a vcictim of armed robbery. Another man who pleaded anonymity suspected that it could be a policeman because some policemen usually wear such T-shirt and black trousers.
 As at 5.30 pm, the body had drifted from Kirikiri axis to under Maza -Maza Bridge.
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