No fewer than 3 have been confirmed dead as a tanker carrying diesel collided with a truck, causing a fire explosion, on major bridge along Lagos-Ibadan expressway, in the early hours of Wednesday.
A statement by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, revealed that the accident occurred at about 3:08am, Wednesday morning.
It was gathered that the truck carrying diesel colliding with another vehicle conveying brewery products before catching fire.
According to the statement, “the driver was said to have abruptly applied brakes at the Kara Bridge outward Lagos resulting to multiple accident and fire outbreak with colossal loss.”
Lagosians who are to ply the route Wednesday morning, got up to a very ugly start, because traffic was said to have started building-up on the road as early as 4:30aam.
Road users had thought it was the usual traffic, which started last week due to the re-construction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, only to later see officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), diverting vehicles to the inward-Lagos lane.
The accident forced several drivers to park and scores of commuters were subjected to trekking long distances. Many intending passengers who had wanted to travel to Lagos were stranded at their various bus stops because majority of the commercial buses that could have conveyed them were held in the traffic.
Lagos-Ibadan Expressway had witnessed similar accidents earlier in the year. On January 7, some passengers lost their lives in a similar incident. Another similar incidence had also happened on July 21.
Julius Berger Plc had commenced the rehabilitation of a part of the expressway, handling from Sagamu Interchange Bridge to the Lagos end of the defunct old toll gate around 7-Up.
While Reynold Construction Company (RCC), another construction company, is handling the stretch from Sagamu Interchange Bridge to Ibadan end of the defunct toll gate.
The former President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration awarded the contracts for the rehabilitation of the road to both companies.