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40 dead in Nigeria accident

At least 40 people have died in a flaming multi-car pile-up near the Nigerian city of Lagos, reports said on Monday.

world Updated: Aug 16, 2010 12:43 IST

At least 40 people have died in a flaming multi-car pile-up near the Nigerian city of Lagos, reports said on Monday.

An articulated lorry smashed into a queue of vehicles waiting to navigate a police checkpoint Sunday, the Nigerian Tribune, quoting witnesses, said.

At least 15 vehicles were engulfed in flames, including two mini-buses, in which the majority of the people died.

Road accidents are common in Africa's most-populous country as vehicles in poor mechanical condition jostle for position on the often busy roads.