A gas pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Tuesday exploded along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Although, there were no causalities or fire outbreak the incident caused panic among motorists, residents and traders around Ibafo in Ogun State, when an excavator used by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc accidentally burst the pipeline, reports revealed.
This caused a gas leakage, which resulted in traffic obstruction on both sides of the road.
A project staff member of the Federal Ministry of Power, Work and Housing, who spoke to newsmen said the man who operated the excavator (name witheld) saved the day by using his equipment to pour sand on the spot to prevent a fire outbreak.
The Federal Road Safety Corps, Ogun State Command, said it had contacted NNPC to attend to the leakage while the Sector Commander, Clement Oladele, said the closed sections of the road had been reopened to traffic.
He assured motorists that the FRSC rescue team would remain in the area to ensure free flow of traffic.