A gas truck from Lagos lost control around “A” Division area of Ilorin, the Kwara capital, on Friday, causing fear and apprehension among residents.
The head of the truck “suddenly got detached on motion from its body which led to profuse leakage of the product”, spokesman of Kwara Fire Service, Hassan Adekunle, said.
Upon the accident, residents and shop owners fled their houses and facilities fearing a possible explosion.
But a combined team of the Police, Civil Defence Corps, Fire Service and State Road Maintenance Agency made efforts to contain the situation.
The operatives also controlled the heavy gridlock by diverting motorists to alternative routes to ease traffic flow.
Mr Adekunle confirmed the deployment of firemen at the scene throughout the incident to prevent any fire outbreak until the whole syphoning process was done.
He said the state Director of the Service, Falade Olumuyiwa, has advised tanker drivers to be extra careful on the roads, especially anytime they were transporting high flammable materials.
Cases of truck accidents have become rampant in Ilorin lately.