A recent explosion from a tanker laden with 33,000 litres of Automotive Gas Oil, happened at the Magboro end of the road, leaving commuters and motorists stranded on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The tanker explosion around Magodo Bridge occurred when the driver approached the bend at high speed
From what we learnt, the unfortunate incident happened on Wednesday when the driver was attempting to approach the bend at high speed on the Magboro Bridge when it fell and exploded. Many commuters had to resort to trekking while several motorists were held up in the traffic for hours.
Chukwuemeke, who happens to be one of the motorists stuck in the traffic, revealed that he was travelling to Enugu, the eastern part of Nigeria, where he ended up spending 5 hours in the traffic. He, however, urged the government to respond quickly to such incidents as explosion on the road in order to allow free flow of movement without delay. He revealed that he found himself at Arepo, which would have been a different case if not for the long hours in traffic.
Another motorist identified as Segun Adesafe stated that they were not sure when they would reach their destination. He also appealed to the government to find a solution to the recurring case of tanker explosion on major highways.
The commuters and motorists on Lagos-Ibadan expressway were left stranded in traffic for hours due to the explosion
Gbenga Adewolu, who was one of the commuters stuck in the traffic, had to alight from the vehicle he boarded and trekked for a long distance to escape the traffic gridlock caused by the tanker explosion.
According to eyewitness’s report, the fire started around 4:00 am, which made him wake his family and neighbours to a possible terrorist attack. It was after a while they realized the fire was coming from the exploded tanker.
Ibrahim Farinloye, who happens to be the acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of the National Emergency Management Agency, confirmed this explosion and revealed that it was caused by the fuel-laden truck falling on asphalt. According to him, no casualty was recorded from the tanker explosion.
Babatunde Akinbiyi, who is the PRO to Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, disclosed that the driver of this tanker negotiated the bend in top speed, which made it fall. He also revealed that the driver fled the scene when the tanker fell on its side.
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