A tanker laden with 45,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), overturned and spilt its content on Otedola Bridge, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The truck collided with four other vehicles on Friday, May 27, before it overturned and burst into flames.
The body of a man was recovered at the scene of the crash.
Residents gathered at the scene of the crash to scoop the content.
The incident caused traffic congestion as the entire axis was cordoned off as a rescue operation was underway.
Dr Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency LASEMA, said a joint team of Lagos State Fire Service and the Nigeria Police were able to manage the situation and prevented it from degenerating.
He said: “Upon arrival of the Agency’s tiger team at the incident scene, it was observed that a multiple accident involving a tanker with unknown registration number conveying about 45 thousand litres of petrol and 4 vehicles had occurred.
“A joint team of Lagos State Fire Service, Agency fire team, Nigeria Police worked to manage the flames and the resultant traffic backlogs using chemical foam.
“The other affected cars were recovered by the Agency’s light duty equipment.
“The entire area has been blanketed with chemical retardant to prevent secondary incidents from the product which spilled into a nearby gully.
“Members of the public are to refrain from illegal scooping of product to prevent any additional outbreak and to avoid igniting naked flame or fire.
“The operation has been concluded and the carriageway is open for traffic having been supported by the Agency’s fire trucks and super metro.
“A single fatality (adult male) was discovered and the remains have been handed over to SEHMU for further processing.”