No fewer than nine people were confirmed dead in the deadly tanker explosion on Otedola Bridge, Berger area of Lagos on Thursday evening, Channels Television report.
The General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Mr Adesina Tiamiyu, confirmed to Channels Television that rescue officials have been able to retrieve nine bodies from the scene of the fire.
Eyewitnesses, however, said the death toll might be higher as many people were trapped in their cars with rescue officials still working at the scene.
A fuel-laden tanker was said to be heading out of Lagos toward the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway when it lost control, fallen over and exploded around 5 pm, with the blaze engulfing several cars.
As the fire spread, many drivers had to abandon their vehicles and flee as firefighters tried to battle the raging blaze.
Traffic was stopped on both sides of the road as emergency officials battled to put out the fire and attend to those affected.