FRSC Confirms Three Deaths, five Vehicles Burnt In Lagos Inferno

FRSC Confirms Three Deaths, five Vehicles Burnt In Lagos Inferno

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Wednesday night confirmed the death of three persons in the multiple early morning crash that occurred around 4am on the Kara long bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
While further information on the victims were not immediately available, the commission also confirmed that a total of five vehicles where engulfed by the fire.
They are: A petroleum products tanker; a container laden truck; two articulated vehicles (trailers) and a car.
The statement assured that “the road is cleared as all the crashed vehicles were removed from the scene.
“Officers and men of collaborating agencies are still on ground managing traffic,” the statement added at about 10pm.‎
The accident was said to have occurred when the speeding trailer loaded with petrol, according to witnesses, rammed into a rice laden trailer that was being repaired on one side of the bridge,. The tanker reportedly burst into flames which quickly spread to the others.
As a result of the accident, scores of commuters were stranded and resorted to trekking ‎long distances to their destinations.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that officials of the Federal Fire Service made frantic efforts to put out the fire, while those of the FRSC cordoned-off the area to prevent other losses.
The gridlock that started from the Kara Bridge, close to the popular Julius Berger Bus Stop, stretched to Asese, a few kilometres away from the Redemption Camp as at 8 a.m.
Similarly, the queue formed by the Lagos outbound vehicles had stretched from the scene to Magodo, opposite the Lagos State Secretariat complex.
Many intending passengers that 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.
A witness, who identified himself as Suraju Fadele, said the accident occurred at about 4 a.m.
Mr. Fadele, a butcher, was quoted as saying:‎ “I was waiting by the road side for my friend with some others to display our beef for the early morning market sales.
“Suddenly, I saw a trailer on top speed moving toward our side and passed us.
“A few metres away from us, we heard a loud explosion which made us run for dear lives, and afterwards, we saw huge billows of fire on the bridge.
“We realised that the trailer must have rammed into other articulated vehicles on the bridge because there were many of them there as at that time.
“The problem with the accident is that nobody could move near the scene because of the raging fire,’’ he said.
Another witness, who simply identified himself as Bashir, who corroborated this said: “The driver of the tanker was on top speed and I wonder why such a speed.
“Before I could look ahead, he had rammed into another trailer ahead of it.
“When the trailer sped past us, we remarked that its driver was speeding and within a twinkle of an eye, we heard the loud bang followed by a raging fire. “There was another trailer under repair on the bridge which I think was loaded with rice; the trailer must have rammed into it,” Bashir said.
The Lagos-Ibadan Expressway had witnessed similar accidents earlier in the year. On January 7, some passengers lost their lives in a similar incident.