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.