On Sunday, a fuel-laden tanker fell and spilled its contents in the Ibafo area of Ogun State, causing a massive gridlock on the expressway, News About Nigeria reports.
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) advised road users to explore alternative routes, impatient drivers worsened the traffic situation by choosing to drive against traffic.
According to the FRSC, the accident occurred in the early hours of Sunday under the Ibafo pedestrian bridge on the outward Lagos section of the expressways.
The contents of the fallen tanker were successfully trans-loaded into another tanker, and the men of the Ogun State Fire Service proceeded to refill their water tank.
However, some impatient drivers chose to drive against the flow of traffic from all available exit points, causing traffic jams not only for the outward Lagos section where the accident occurred but also for the inward Lagos section as well.
The FRSC attributed the gridlock to some impatient motorists who chose to drive against traffic, thereby affecting the free flow of traffic in all available exit routes.
The Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, said in a statement on Sunday that the FRSC and other relevant agencies were on top of the situation.
A source in the Corps had earlier told the media that the crash occurred as a result of the driver’s fatigue and loss of control.
However, the FRSC official confirmed that no life was lost in the crash.
Road users have been advised to stay informed and plan their journeys ahead of time to avoid incidents like this. The FRSC also urged drivers to exercise patience and avoid driving against traffic to ensure the free flow of traffic on the expressway.
The incident highlights the need for road safety awareness among drivers and the importance of following traffic rules and regulations. It is a reminder that road safety is everyone’s responsibility, and every driver should strive to make the roads safer for all.