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Tanker Explosion: Motorists Should Seek Alternative Routes — FRSC




The Ogun State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has advised motorists not close to the long bridge to seek alternative routes following the unfortunate crash that involved a tanker conveying petroleum products.

The tanker engulfed in inferno on the Long Bridge along the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway on the outward Lagos section of the Expressway on Tuesday.

In a statement signed by the command’s Public Education Officer, Florence Okpe, FRSC said its operatives mobilized promptly to the scene for rescue operations.

“The situation impaired traffic and caused gridlock around the long bridge,.which affected motorists especially those driving out of Lagos after closing from the days job

“To cushion the effect on motorists , the FRSC temporarily diverted traffic around OPIC , outwards Lagos to one lane of the inward Lagos bound traffic.

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The FRSC admonished motorists using the lane traffic was temporary diverted , to obey traffic instructions from traffic officials around the crash scene and urged them to drive cautiously and restrict themselves to only the one lane traffic was temporarily diverted to .

“The rescue operation continued till 0300am this morning as the inferno kept reigniting after extinguishing it, which made removal of the debris hampered , to enable the FRSC open the affected area and restore motorisation .

“Due to the ongoing rescue operations , traffic has been challenged and motorists not close to the Mowe ,Ibafo axis of the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway or those travelling out of Lagos via the Long Bridge may for now avoid the Long Bridge to ease traffic management around the area.

“Alternative routes recommended to such category of motorists include those travelling from Ibadan to turn from Sagamu interchange into Abeokuta to connect Itori, Ifo up to Ota to connect Lagos by Iyana Ipaja.

“Those travelling out of Lagos this morning could use the Victoria Island by Ajah to Ijebu Ode to continue their journey.

“However motorists around the Mowe ,Ibafo ,
Warewa axis ussing the temporary diversion point on the Long Bridge should restrict their speed to maximum of 50 kilometers per hour , till out of the temporary diversion point , while the rescue operation continues,” the statement read in part.

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