… As FRSC urges tanker owners to comply with minimum safety standards***
Two nurses were confirmed dead on Sunday while 10 others sustained injuries in a lone accident involving a Toyota Hiace bus around Akinale Village on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.
Mr. Babatunde Akinbiyi, Spokesperson, Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) confirmed the incident to the newsmen in Abeokuta.
He explained that the accident, which occurred at 9:20 a.m., was caused by excessive speed, use of handset by the driver which resulted in his losing control of the vehicle.
He noted that 18 people were involved in the accident, which comprised one male and 17 female nurses.
“One of the survivors said the driver of the Toyota Hiace bus, marked OG 49A 07, who was speeding and as well using his cellphone while driving around a bend, lost control and summersault several times.
“The occupants in the bus were nurses who were all heading to a party to honour a matron in one of the hospitals in Abeokuta,” he said.
Akinbiyi explained that the injured were evacuated to Hope Hospital, Adigbe, Abeokuta, while the two corpses were deposited at the morgue of the General Hospital, Ijaye, Abeokuta.
he TRACE spokesman enjoined motorists to avoid excessive speed, especially during the rainy season, and also not to use mobile phone while driving.
He said most accidents were avoidable if rules and regulations were followed.
In the meantime, The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Ogun command, has advised tanker owners to comply with minimum safety standards required by the law to avoid unnecessary mishaps on the highway.
Mr Ahmed Umar, the Sector Commander, gave the advice in an interview with the newsmen on Monday, in Ota, Ogun.
Umar enjoined tanker owners to be law abiding and ensure that their vehicles were properly inspected by tanker farm officials at the depots before putting them on the roads.
“They should conform to safety standards as required by law for them to carry such liquid cargos.
“In addition, they need to have recommended fire extinguishers so as to reduce havoc during crash,” he said.
The sector commander also urged them to install safety valve on their vehicles so that the content could be transferred to other vehicles when accident occurs.
Umar equally advised them to ensure that their vehicles were roadworthy and drivers should have valid national drivers’ licenses to minimise damages when crash happens.
He said FRSC personnel would be deployed to depots where tankers load consignments to ensure that they conformed to minimum safety standards in order to check incessant cases of tanker crashes.
The sector commander reiterated the FRSC’s commitment to continue to deploy officials to the highways for routine patrol to check whether the tanker owners conform to minimum safety standards as required by law.