Stranded for hours on Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Sallah day

Posted: October 27, 2012 in Metro, News

A 33,000 litres petrol filled tanker fell at Berger axis of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Friday morning, causing a gridlock for hours cutting short the trips of Eidel-Kabir holiday makers and other travelers.

The Scene of the Fallen Tanker

We gathered that the petrol tanker was leaving Lagos for Ogun State at about 12 am on Friday when it ran into a pothole by New Garage, Berger, lost control and rested on its side at about 7 a.m., forcing traffic officers to halt vehicular movement on the Ibadan-bound lanes, leading to a heavy hold-up.

It was confirmed by an eyewitness that no causality was recorded in the accident; but the driver and a passenger in the truck sustained various degrees of injuries. He also commended the quick and timely intervention of security operatives and transport managers that prevented the tanker from going up in flames as they cordoned off the scene, prevented scooping of the petrol and diverted traffic.

The General Manager of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Babatunde Edu, said that the accident was a lone one which might have resulted from the driver’s carelessness.

He said that no life was lost in it. “We are taking our time to trans-load the content in order not to cause more danger. “We had to call on experts from the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers to help in the evacuation; fire service workers are well on ground. “The process of evacuation is ongoing, and very soon traffic will be normal as the blocked lanes will be opened.”

Many road users held up in the traffic were so angry and frustrated appealing to the concerned authorities, especially the Federal Ministry of Works, to fill the potholes on the highway to reduce cases of accidents.

The FRSC Lagos Sector Commander, Mr. Nseobong Akpabio, said the fall of the tanker also affected traffic on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.


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