At least three people are fair dead and many injured in a multiple accident, involving six articulated vehicles, that occurred on the Kara bridge, Lagos outbound of the Lagos/Ibadan expressway in the early hours of Wednesday.
The accident caused heavy traffic gridlock on the long bridge, forcing many commuters to be stranded and resorted to trekking long kilometres towards Berger bus-stop in Lagos to catch bus to their respective places of work.
According to witness account, the accident was caused by a trail loaded with petrol, otherwise known as the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), which exploded when it rammed into another articulated vehicle on the Karam bridge.
Witness told The Renaissance that the accident occurred at about 4.00 a.m.on Wednesday on Lagos bound of the expressway.
He claimed that the accident was caused by a fast moving unmarked trailer loaded with petroleum, which rammed into another articulated vehicle and immediately exploded.
“I was waiting for my friend with some others standing by the road, to have our early morning market, as I was waiting by the road I saw a trailer on a top speed towards our side.
“The trailer passed us with the speed but few metres from us we heard a loud explosion which made us run after that we saw huge billows of fire ranging on the bridge.
“We realised that the trailer must have rammed into other articulated vehicle on the bridge because there are many of them on the bridge as at that time.
“The problem with the accident is that nobody could move near the scene of the accident because of the raging fire,” he said.
Another witness, who gave his name as Bashir said that the driver of the articulated vehicle drove dangerously, causing the accident.
“What caused the accident was simply overspeeding. The tanker driver was on a top speed and I wonder why he was so much in hurry.
“Suddenly, he just rammed into another trailer and exploded. We just heard a loud bang followed by a billowing fire.
“There was another trailer under repair on the bridge, loaded with rice; the trailer also rammed into it,” Bashir said.
No fewer than five vehicles are still burning on the bridge as at the time of filing this report
Alhaji Suleiman Yakubu, the South West Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), confirmed the accident.
He told The Renaissance that men of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), NEMA, Federal Fire Service and other emergency responders have been mobilised to the scene to put out the fire.
Yakubu called on motorsists plying the Lagos/Ibadan expressway to exercise caution on the road or take alternative route via Ikorodu to avoid the gridlock at Kara bridge.
He said that six vehicles were involved in the multiple accident. They include one car, three trucks carrying containers and two tanker lorries.
By Oluwashina Iyanda