By Kenneth Ehigiator
Providence prevented what would have been a major fire disaster at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, yesterday when a petrol tanker laden with fuel lost control and rammed into the perimeter wall of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Training School.
An eyewitness account said the tanker suffered brake failure while the driver was trying to negotiate the roundabout at the access gate to the International Wing of the airport.
Traffic, it was learnt, was also disrupted by the accident, following the confusion that set in with information that a petrol tanker was involved.
FAAN fire fighting vehicles were immediately deployed to the scene.
According to the eyewitness, â€œwhen the accident happened early this morning (yesterday), fear gripped everybody because of the nearness of the accident scene to the fuel dump here, that is the Joint User Hydrant Installation (JUHI).
â€œFAAN fire fighters responded quickly, but luckily, there was no fire of any kind, neither was there any explosion,â€ the eyewitness said.
Vanguard gathered that other motorists were immediately diverted from the scene for fear of any fire explosion.
The accident prevented staff of the training school from gaining access to the premises, as the petrol tanker blocked the entrance.
Consequently, the precinct of the school was converted to a parking lot by staff who could not drive in their vehicles.
But at press time, the tanker had been removed from the accident scene, paving the way for free traffic flow around FAANâ€™s access gate to international airport.