Following the incident that occurred at Toyota on Oshodi Express Way earlier Thursday, the Lagos State Government has urged motorists to shun reckless behavior and drive with consideration for other road users to avoid situations that could inconvenience or look pose danger on the road.
The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde who was present at the scene of the accident to assess the impact on road infrastructure and traffic flow, told to newsmen that the explosion was caused by collision of a fully-loaded petrol tanker with another truck while trying to overtake each other along the corridor.
Oladeinde while expressing his displeasure on the aftermath of the reckless act by both drivers stated that the recovered Tanker head will be used to track the owner/company and necessary sanctions meted out on the offenders adding that the Federal Road Safety Corps, Vehicle Inspection Service and other Law Enforcement Agencies will work assiduously to rid Lagos roads of vehicles that are not roadworthy.
The Commissioner also disclosed that the affected bridge will remain closed to vehicular movement till an integrity test is conducted to ascertain the level of damage caused by the inferno to it and other infrastructure along the corridor to avoid unwarranted disaster for road users.
While appealing to motorists and other road users to exercise caution while driving, by embracing safety guidelines, the Transport Commissioner also warned that the State Government will not tolerate reckless behavior by Heavy duty vehicle drivers within the metropolis, assuring that a meeting will be set up with the Unions of Tanker drivers within the State to address the situation on ground towards bringing the desired change in the transport sector
Expartiating on this, the Public Affairs Assistant Director, Bolanle Ogunlola (Mrs) noted that the Commissioner was joined on the visit by; the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Sewedo Oluseyi Whenu, FRSC Lagos Sector Commander, Olusegun Olugbemide, Directors in the Ministry and other Traffic, Emergency and Safety Officials.