The Federal Road Safety Corps on Wednesday said that one person died in the multiple accidents that happened on Otedola Bridge in Lagos.
According to an eyewitness, Remilekun Abiola, the accident involving five vehicles, occurred about 8 am during the early morning downpour at Otedola Bridge, outward Lagos to Berger. Though the immediate and remote cause of the accident could not be ascertained at press time, but eyewitness attributed over speeding and sloppy nature of the road by Otedola Bridge, coupled with the heavy rainfall which affected the visibility of motorists.
At press time, one of the victims, an unidentified male, has been confirmed dead by men of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA and Lagos State Ambulance Service, LASAMBUS, who raced to the tragic scene. There were different versions on the number of casualties. While eyewitnesses said many people died, LASEMA confirmed one person dead so far. The injured victims have also been taken to various hospitals for treatment. Other rescue teams at the scene, include Men of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, of the Lagos State Police Command, Lagos State Fire Service, Federal Road Safety Ciro’s, FRSC, among others. The accident led to chaotic gridlock along the axis as motorists were trapped in the resultant traffic.
Meanwhile, motorists have been urged to make use of alternative routes. “Anyone going out of Lagos should take either Otedola under the bridge or go through Ogba-Ojodu-Berger axis to connect the Lagos Ibadan Expressway and move on their journey,” LASEMA source stated.
Last year, a fully-loaded 33,000-litre fuel tanker exploded on Otedola Bridge along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, killing many people and razing about 67 vehicles.
It was reported that about 10 bodies burnt beyond recognition and had been recovered. It was also gathered that the tragedy occurred at about 6.05 p.m., after the fuel-laden tanker, which was heading inwards Berger, had a brake failure.
While the driver was trying to control the tanker, it reportedly rammed into one of the vehicles and exploded.
An eyewitness, Maria Oje, described her escape as the handiwork of God. She narrated, in tears, how she saw some motorists’ failed attempt to run for safety. Her words: “One of them, who was on fire, fell down, as he could not run any longer. Nobody could rescue them as everyone was also running for dear life.” Some motorists abandoned their vehicles and fled in different directions. Family members were said to be looking for their relatives, after escaping. Among them was a woman, who was sighted crying in search of her twin girls