Crashes: Consider other road users, FRSC tells drivers of articulated vehicles

The tanker crushing a car at the scene of the accident on Otedola Bridge along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

FEDERAL Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has urged drivers of trucks and tankers to have consideration for other road users to reduce disaster on the roads.

Mr Samuel Obayemi, the Zonal Commanding Officer, RS2 Command, comprising Lagos and Ogun States, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday that most of the truck-related accidents were avoidable.

Obayemi, an Assistant Corps Marshal spoke against the backdrop of recent spates of truck and tanker accidents in the zone.

NAN reports that at least, three people were confirmed dead and 13 others injured in separate truck-related accidents in Lagos and Ogun States on Wednesday and Thursday.

Two men lost their lives and six people sustained injuries on Wednesday near Old Toll Gate, Ota, Ogun, in a multiple crash involving a truck, two commercial buses and two motorcycles.

Similarly, a woman was killed on Thursday, while seven passengers were injured after a fuel-laden tanker collided with an interstate bus and another vehicle on Otedola Bridge along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Obayemi blamed the Thursday accident on brake failure and loss of control, saying that regular maintenance of the vehicles could have prevented such a crash.

“The number of people involved was 13, comprising of seven male adults, two male children and four female adults.

“It is unfortunate that a female adult was killed in the accident, while seven were injured, comprising three male adults, two male children and two female adults.

“FRSC has always advised vehicle owners and drivers to ensure regular vehicle maintenance and to have consideration for other road users,” the FRSC boss said.

NAN reports that a similar accident occurred on May 10 when a petrol-laden tanker lost control and rammed into a road median, sparking a fire and killing a woman.

The inferno, which claimed the life of a pedestrian and razed two vehicles, occurred at the Lotto corridor of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Similarly, on March 31 during the COVID-19 lockdown, a crash involving a truck and a taxi killed six people on Epe Long Bridge in Lagos. (NAN)

– May 22, 2020 @ 13:25 GMT |

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