LASEMA Unlocks Otedola Gridlock …Stalls Another Would-Be Fire Incident…
Written by tobi adejare on May 5, 2020
In what would have resulted in a major disaster, but for the timely intervention of LASEMA Response Teams, a side collision of two heavy duty Mack Trucks conveying a combined total of 90,000 litres of highly combustible and flammable material on the Otedola bridge was averted.
While one of the Mack Trucks with registration number AGB 447 XA was conveying 50,000 litres of Kerosene, the other Mack Truck with registration number KRD 467 XZ was loaded to capacity with 45,000 litres of Diesel, before their side collision incident on the Otedola bridge headed towards Ibadan expressway.
The incident recorded no injuries or casualties. However, officials of the Lagos State Fire Service were still on standby at the incident site after blanketing the affected areas, in order to forestall occurrence of a secondary incident during transloading of products from the affected truck.
After deploying the Agency’s heavy duty equipment to recover the two tankers to a lay-by near the incident site by the LRT, tranloading process was conducted under supervision of LASEMA’s Director of Operations, Engr. Olatunde Adebayo Akinsanya, as the Fire Servicemen continued blanketing the area to avoid threats of fire to motorists along the axis.
Situation report from office of the DG/CEO LASEMA on the road accident at Otedola bridge inward Berger as at 0800hrs has it that ” The agency received a distress call and activated a response team to the incident scene.
“Upon arrival of the Agency’s response team at the scene of the incident, it was observed that there was an accident involving a mack tanker loaded with 50000 liters of Kerosene with registration number AGB-447XA and a second mack tanker also fully loaded with 45000 liters of Diesel with registration number KRD 467XZ.
“Investigation conducted revealed that the two tankers had a collision while at top speed as a result of reckless driving. The subsequent impact led to the tanker loaded with Diesel subsequently spilling its contents on the road.
“No casualty was recorded. However,the Lagos State Fire service blanketed the affected areas in order to forestall the occurrence of any secondary accident.
Recovery operation of the two tankers which collided on top speed due to recklessness of both drivers had the LRT, FRSC, LASTMA, LNSC, RRS, and Police Traffic Warden Unit, as responders, was concluded with the recovered Trucks being handed over into custody of Officers of the Nigerian Police Force from Isheri Police Station in Magodo.
Head; Public Affairs-LASEMA
5th May, 2020