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Gridlock as fuel-loaded tanker falls on Lagos-Ibadan road

FRSC rescue team at a road accident scene

FRSC rescue team at a road accident scene

An accident involving a fuel-loaded tanker and a truck around the Lufuape axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway has caused traffic congestion for travellers inward and outward Long Bridge to Interchange section of the road.

Our correspondent who visited some sections of the road observed a standstill in vehicular movement while some motorists had resorted to following one-way which compounded the traffic situation. Some police officers were also seen making efforts to control the traffic and ensure decongestion.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the accident, which happened in the early hours of Wednesday, occurred due to speeding and loss of control from the drivers of the vehicle.

A motorist who did not want his name in print lamented that he had been stuck in the gridlock for several hours.

He said, “I am coming from Berger axis of Lagos and I’ve been stuck in this gridlock for about four hours now. What I learnt was that a tanker fell on the road.”

Another motorist whose vehicle had developed a mechanical fault due to the prolonged hours in the traffic and who identified simply as Wasiu, lamented the incessant tanker falling incident. He appealed to the Federal Government to find a lasting solution to the issue.

“I have been in this traffic for hours now which has caused my vehicle to develop fault. I heard that a tanker fell on the road which led to this traffic. The issue of tankers falling on this road is becoming worrisome and causing hardships for road users. Government should help us find a lasting solution to this issue.”

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Florence Okpe, confirmed that the traffic congestion was a result of a collision between a truck and a tanker and she stated that efforts are in place to rescue the situation.

She said, “The traffic on that road is due to the collision between a truck and a tanker loaded with petrol. We have been able to evacuate the truck but the tanker is fully loaded which we are making efforts to transload before removing it from the road.”