Following the tragic tanker explosion at the Otedola Bridge, Berger, Lagos Mainland on Thursday, June 28, 2018, the Lagos State Government has announced that the death toll has risen to twelve.
Recall that InsideMainland earlier reported the fatal accident which claimed nine lives and more than 54 cars.
Speaking on the development, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, said the death toll had hit 12, adding that the government was set to conduct DNA tests to identify the dead bodies burnt beyond recognition.
He explained that the victims of the accident were taken to three hospitals – Accident and Emergency Centre at Tollgate, the Trauma and Burns Centre at the Gbagada General Hospital, and the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.
The Commissioner said seven patients were received at the facilities, adding that five of the victims, comprising four male and a female with varying degrees of burns, were taken to the Trauma and Burns Centre.
“Unfortunately, we lost one of the patients, who had 90 percent burns. The remaining four victims are stable and responding to treatment. Additionally, two patients – a 48-year-old male with extensive burns, and a 42-year-old male with soft tissue injuries – were brought to the Burns and Plastic unit, LASUTH. One of them has been discharged, while the other person is responding to treatment,” he said.
Furthermore, Idris disclosed that ten persons, including a minor, lost their lives to the fire as they were burnt beyond recognition, adding that the state government got reports of other survivors who were receiving treatment in some private hospitals.