One more person has been confirmed dead, by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Marshall, Boboye Oyeyemi, bringing the death toll of the Lagos-Ibadan express way accident, to Four.
He also made the confirmation that five, not four vehicles as against Wednesday’s report, were involved, while speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.
Mr Oyeyemi, explaining the situation that led up to the recent road congestion, said:
“The Lagos Ibadan expressway has the highest traffic density in the country, of about 25,000 vehicles per hour.”
Hence, the need for the ongoing road construction, aimed at expanding the roads from two-way lanes to three.
He explained that “when this kind of construction is on-going, there is bound to be such chaotic situation, however, even before the construction started, there have been series of traffic alerts by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC)”.
After rescue efforts were completed, on Wednesday, the aftermath of the accident was the gridlock which commuters still have to suffer a day or more after.
The FRSC Boss, explaining further said:
“All those tankers, trailers that were packed because of the gridlock yesterday, started moving, and because the inbound lane had been shut down for repairs, leaving only one lane, there is bound to be a band-wagon effect.
“When those tankers are moving, there’s no way for any other vehicle to attempt to over-take,” he said.
He however stated that his men had worked over-night and were still on ground, while suggesting that “what we require now, is traffic redistribution.
“All those trailers should be re-routed so that there can be flow of traffic for smaller vehicles and buses,” he stated.
Mr Oyeyemi, then suggested three ways by which the situation could be abated.
He said, vehicles could re-route through Lekki-epe, Ikorodu or Sango-ota, Abeokuta routes.
However to make that move possible, he hinted that he would be relocating from Abuja to Lagos on Thursday, so that proper discussion could be held on how to further ease the situation.
The ghastly accident occurred when a tanker collided with another truck, causing a fire explosion, on a major bridge along Lagos-Ibadan expressway, in the early hours of Wednesday.
The prompt deployment of men of the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), NSCDC, fire service and the police prevented the situation from escalating further.