Two Killed, 29 Vehicles Burnt In Kara Tanker Explosion – FRSC

A file photo of FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi. Photo: Twitter- @FRSCNigeria

 

Two persons have been killed and 29 vehicles burnt in a tanker explosion that occurred at Kara Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

This was disclosed by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Saturday via a statement issued by the agency’s spokesman, Bisi Kazeem.

“From the crash investigation report submitted, a total of 2 male adults were killed and burnt beyond recognition, while a wanton destruction of properties occasioned by the fire also left 29 vehicles parked by the roadside burnt down completely,” the statement partly read.

He explained that FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi described the accident as unfortunate but avoidable, adding that frantic efforts were already in place to put an end to tanker explosions.

On the remote cause of the accident, the agency said the investigation revealed that the tanker driver “lost control of the wheels as a result of mechanical deficiency (tyre blow out) making the tanker fall on the expressway amidst a wild inferno.”

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KARA TANKER EXPLOSION: FRSC CORPS MARSHAL COMMITS TO ENDING TANKER CRASHES IN NIGERIA AS FRSC ISSUES TRAFFIC ADVISORY TO MOTORISTS

The Corps Marshal Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has described as unfortunate but avoidable, the fatal crash that occurred today Saturday 7 November 2020 at Kara bridge on the outward Lagos lane of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, stating that frantic efforts are already in place to put an end to tanker explosions.

In a statement by Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Public Education Officer, the Corps Marshal said this after receiving reports of the fatal crash. He stated that the fatal road traffic crash involved a single Tanker fully ladened with PMS. That the crash investigation carried out by a team of FRSC personnel deployed for rescue operations, revealed that the driver lost control of the wheels as a result of mechanical deficiency (tyre blow out) making the tanker to fall on the expressway amidst a wild inferno.

From the crash investigation report submitted, a total of 2 male adults were killed and burnt beyond recognition, while wanton destruction of properties occasioned by the fire also left 29 vehicles parked by the roadside burnt down completely.

Oyeyemi also lamented the actions of hoodlums who prevented the combined rescue teams of the Federal Fire Service and FRSC from approaching the scene of the crash.

According to him, “when our personnel got to the scene, they met teams of Lagos State Fire Service who advised our men against approaching the scene of the crash. The firefighters said they were equally deployed to the scene for some reason but on arrival, they were chased back by some hoodlums, carrying dangerous weapons”. Both teams had to run to the Isheri Division of Nigeria Police for security cover.

The Corps Marshal also maintained that the Corps is seriously engaging critical stakeholders and making frantic efforts to find a lasting solution to tanker explosions on the road  .                                  . He called on the Governments at all levels to expedite action towards working out modalities that will support and hasten existing efforts towards fleet renewal as most of the articulated vehicles are aged while efforts are on to enforce compulsory use of safety valves to prevent spillage after falls of tankers.

On the present state of traffic on the road, the Corps wishes to inform the general public that there is no need for panic as the crashed vehicles have been successfully removed from the road and all Obstructions cleared with the road now opened to use. As such, road users already on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway or intending users who have not explored alternative roads should please exercise caution and drive safe; avoid speeding, road rage and ultimately, avoid driving against the flow of traffic. FRSC wishes us safe journey to our various destinations.

Lagosians Experience Major Traffic Jam As Trucks, Fuel Tanker Crash On Kara Bridge

 

A road accident involving two trucks and a fully loaded fuel tanker on the Kara bridge has resulted in a major gridlock on traffic inward and outbound lanes of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

It was gathered that two people were injured in the accident which happened at about 1.45am on Friday.

At the moment a part of the bridge has been cordoned off while trans-loading of fuel is ongoing.

Firefighters as well as men of the FRSC are on the ground at the scene of the crash.

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In June, a part of the outbound Kara Bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway was shut down by the Federal Ministry of Works to enable the ministry to carry out an integrity test on the infrastructure and determine its serviceability.

This move came on the heels of numerous accidents that have occurred on the bridge over time.

In a letter to the Lagos State Government seeking its support in carrying out the work, the ministry explained that the contractor handling that section of the expressway requested that the bridge be shut to facilitate the project.

FG Shuts Down Kara Bridge For Integrity Test

File photo of an accident scene at Kara Bridge.

 

A part of the outbound Kara Bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway has been shut down by the Federal Ministry of Works to enable the ministry to carry out an integrity test on the infrastructure and determine its serviceability.

This follows the numerous accidents that have occurred on the bridge over time; the latest which occurred on Sunday involving a fuel tanker and trucks which resulted in an inferno and the loss of two lives.

In a letter to the Lagos State Government seeking its support in carrying out the work, the ministry explained that the contractor handling that section of the expressway requested that the bridge be shut to facilitate the project.

The Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Kayode Popoola said that traffic would be diverted to two lanes, instead of the original three on the highway, and appealed for motorists’ cooperation and understanding.

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Kara Bridge got burnt after a tanker accident and we have to carry out an integrity test. The test will be done by Julius Berger Nigeria Ltd,” he said.

According to him, there would be a partial closure of one lane in the sense that instead of three lanes, traffic will now be restricted to only two lanes, that is, the Ibadan-bound lane.

Already, some Lagos State Emergency Workers have been working to remove the burnt tanker and truck which had been left on the bridge since Sunday.

Gridlock As Vehicle Burns On Kara Bridge Along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

 

A vehicle has caught fire on the Kara-Berger axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, causing gridlock on the road.

The incident which involved a minibus, occurred on Tuesday morning on the road inwards Lagos.

The cause of the incident is yet to be ascertained and it is unclear if there were any casualties.

However, relevant traffic and emergency agencies were on ground to put out the fire and control the traffic.

The Berger-Kara end of the expressway has been notorious for traffic since the construction and division on some portions of the road commenced earlier this month.

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Traffic Builds As Repair Works Resumes On Kara Bridge Axis


Commuters along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway stretching from Berger to Kara cattle market axis are expected to face longer journey hours as repair work resumes. 

The road which was re-opened on December 1, 2019, was partially closed in September when the reconstruction work commenced and traffic was diverted on both sides of the expressway.

Channels Television observed that traffic outbound Lagos has already been diverted to the inbound section, with slow vehicular movements witnessed, similar to the one witnessed since the commencement of the reconstruction.

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Both in and out-bound motorists now have had to endure the gridlock which sometimes lasts for hours.

The initial work plan was reviewed when the ministry failed to meet up with the set completion date for the 1.2-kilometer rehabilitation and reconstruction which kicked off in September last year.

According to the Federal Controller of Works, Mr. Adedamola Kuti who spoke to Channels Television, the project is expected to be completed next month.

“We are fully ready for this; we are right in the dry season, a construction season so we don’t expect the kind of experience we had during the rainy season.

“By the time we get ready, here should be taking us this month and next month. By the end of February we should be completing the 600 meters work on the outbound Lagos,” he confirmed.

The rainy season forced the deadline for the completion of the reconstruction of the Kara/Berger, forcing road users to bear the brunt as they spent long hours in traffic.

Commuters have been enjoying an easier flow of traffic on the highway since it was re-opened in December 2019.

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Three Reported Killed As Festival Turns Violent In Isheri Community

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Three persons have been reportedly killed and several others injured allegedly by soldiers in Isheri Olofin community in the Kara area of Ogun State.

The incident is said to have occurred on Monday night during the celebration of the yearly ‘Isheri Day’ festival.

According to the residents, one of the victims who was alleged to have been hit by a stray bullet died instantly while two others died in the hospital from gunshot wounds.

The Ogun State Police Command confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Tuesday.

Spokesperson for the Command, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, explained that two deaths have so far been reported at the Divisional Police Station in the area.

He added that investigations have begun to unravel the real circumstances that led to the killing.

Mr Oyeyemi vowed that those behind the killing would be brought to book and called on residents of the community to remain calm.

FRSC Closes Section Of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Till Friday

 

The Federal Road Safety Corps, Ogun State Command has announced the temporary closure of a section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The command in a statement issued on Wednesday said the temporary closure will affect only the Ibadan bound carriageway of the expressway from Magboro to Kara and Ibafo.

The affected section will be closed from Wednesday, May 22 till Friday, May 24.

The three-day closure is to enable Julius Berger Nigeria plc lay asphalt on that section of the road.

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“This is to inform the motoring public that Julius Berger Nigeria PLC, currently rehabilitating the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway, would be temporarily closing only the Ibadan bound carriageway from Magboro to Kara and Ibafo,  scheduled to commence from  Wednesday 22  May 2019 and reopened on Friday 24  May 2019.

“The temporary closure is to lay a section of 400m of wearing asphaltic surface on the affected section of the corridor.

“The closure would not affect traffic inbound Lagos around the affected road, but would narrow the carriageway which is expected to build up traffic around the mentioned sections,” the statement read in part.

The FRSC Sector Commander Clement Oladele therefore advised motorists to note the occurrence and plan their trips, while those using the corridor within the period should obey all traffic rules and regulations, including refraining from driving against traffic, as violators are liable to be apprehended for dangerous driving which attracts the fines of fifty thousand naira (N50,000) and impoundment of the erring vehicle .

The FRSC working with sister traffic agencies will maintain visibility to ease the traffic discomfort the temporary closure of that section of the corridor would cause.

PHOTOS: Trailer Rams Into FRSC Van, Others On Kara Bridge

PHOTOS: Trailer Rams Into FRSC Van, Others In Kara Accident

 

Motorists were held up for some hours on Monday following a multiple accident on the popular Kara Bridge axis of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Witnesses said the crash occurred after a long truck headed towards Mowe rammed into several vehicles, including that of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

They said the situation was later brought under control by FRSC operatives and officials of other emergency management agencies who were at the scene.

However, it was uncertain if there was any casualty.

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Five Persons Confirmed Dead In Kara Multiple Accident

Five people lost their lives on Thursday in a fatal accident which happened at the popular Kara Bridge along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The accident, which happened in the early hours of the day, also left a number of people injured.

General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr Adesina Tiamiyu, confirmed the number of deaths to Channels Television via a phone interview.

“On the spot, three people lost their lives,” he said. “But on the way to the hospital, two other people (I understand by men of the Federal Road Safety Corps who took them to the hospital) also died, meaning we lost five people to that crash.”

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The LASEMA boss said investigation carried out at the scene of the incident revealed that a tanker laden with 33,000 litres of ago (diesel) ram into a stationary truck carrying brewery products.

According to him, the reported oil spill on the road resulted in the multiple crashes involving some trucks and cars.

“We got a call from the Call Centre at about 7:00 in the morning that multiple accidents occurred on the long bridge, Kara inward Ibadan and our men responded very swiftly.

“On reaching the incident scene, we discovered that 16 vehicles were involved in these multiple crashes allegedly caused by a vehicle that spilled diesel on the road, which eventually made the road slippery.

“There are about eight trucks involved and eight other vehicles,” said Tiamiyu.

The incident had led to a massive gridlock on the highway, leaving motorists on both sides of the roads stuck for hours.

Mr Tiamiyu, however, said the traffic had been decongested, saying: ”the road is now free for vehicular movement, they have cleared it.”

He also confirmed the death of two other people in another accident which involved a collision between a truck and a train in the Fagba axis of Lagos State.

“We moved immediately from that incident there (on the Kara Bridge) straight to Fagba where a trailer rammed into a train. Unfortunately again, two people lost their lives to that incident,” the LASEMA boss said.

[Updated] Several Feared Dead In Kara Multiple Crash

Several people have been killed in multiple accidents that occurred on the Kara axis of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

According to an eyewitness, a container-carrying articulated truck suspected to have lost its brakes or suffered a burst tyre rammed into two commercial buses dropping off passengers at the bus stop.

When Channels Television crew visited the scene of the accident which occurred on Sunday evening, a few survivors were seen with various degrees of injuries while others in more critical conditions have been rushed to the hospitals.

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Fire Razes Kara Village, Properties Worth Millions Lost

An unfortunate fire disaster has razed a large part of the residential part of the Kara village in Ogun State.

Scores of houses and kiosks were brought down by the fire but no loss of life has so far been reported.

Eye witness account says the fire started at about 7pm and was caused by a cooking fire inflaming a nearby generating set.

The fire service arrived the scene at about three hours after the fire started exhausted their only tanker then drove back to get more water while the fire raged on.

Property worth millions of naira was lost in the fire as well as valuable documents.

Many residents have now been rendered homeless and it’s difficult to say exactly the number of houses destroyed by the fire.

Kara is a border village between Lagos and Ogun state.