A tanker loaded with the 33,000 litres of petrol early Wednesday morning fell at Singer Area of Sango-Ota in Ogun state.
The tanker travelling outside Sango-Ota fell at a failed section of the road and crushed a white Hyundai delivery van, which was by its side.
The content of the tanker spilled on the road and drainage channels around the area, forcing vehicles to be diverted to the opposite lane, which led to a gridlock.
The ill-fated tanker fell at a section directly in front of a Conoil filling station. But the timely arrival of security and traffic agencies to the scene saved what would have become a disaster, as okada riders and street urchins had besieged the scene with various sizes of kegs and other containers, ready to scoop petrol.
But policemen, personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Traffic Compliance and Enforcement (TRACE) Corps of Ogun state and the Federal Road Safety Corps, were on ground and they kept the intruders at bay.
The Public Relations Officer of TRACE, Babatunde Akinbiyi, told Punch Newspaper that the incident occurred between 5.30am and 6am.
He said, “The tanker fell this morning between 5:30 am and 6 am but the area had been cordoned off to avoid any form of disaster. Apart from TRACE, the Police, Federal Road Safety Corps and firefighters are on ground at the scene, to prevent people from coming to scoop petrol, which is quite dangerous.
“Efforts are being made to remove the tanker and the Hyundai van from the scene.”