07 November 2020 by Kayode Oyedare
Thr Federal Road Safety Commission FRSC, has described as unfortunate but avoidable the fatal crash involving a Tanker today at Kara bridge along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
The Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi stated this in Abuja after receiving reports of the fatal crash.
He explained that the driver of the Tanker carrying PMS lost control as a result of a mechanical deficiency.
He said that 2 male adults were burnt beyond recognition, property destroyed and 29 vehicles burnt down completely.
Dr. Oyeyemi however expressed concern over the action of hoodlums who prevented the combined rescue teams of the Federal Fire Service and FRSC from approaching the scene of the crash.
According to him, when FRSC personnel got to the scene, they met a team of the Lagos State Fire Service who advised FRSC Personnel from approaching the scene of the crash.
The fire fighters said they were deployed to the scene but were chased away by some hoodlums, carrying dangerous weapons making the team to run to the Isheri Division of Nigeria Police for safety.
The Corps Marshal maintained that the Corps was engaging critical stakeholders in finding lasting solution to tanker accidents.
He also called on Government at all levels to work out modalities that would hasten efforts towards fleet renewal as most of the articulated vehicles were old and enforce use of safety valves to prevent spillage in crashes involving tankers.
The Corp Marshall said already the crashed vehicles have been removed from the road and all Obstructions cleared for free flow of traffic.