One Accident Too Many As Oil Spillage From Laden Petrol Tanker Leaves 2 Dead And Several Others Injured At Toll Gate, Ota
By: Aderemi Tolulope & Adunbi Olajumoke
A fire accident which occurred along Bible College bus-stop at Toll gate, Lagos-Abeokuta expressway, Ota, Ogun state in the wee hours of Friday, claimed two lives, injuring six other persons while burning about 17 vehicles.
The accident, according to an eye witness, ‘happened due to the sloppy road and the inability of the driver to change his gear, thereby losing control and making the fuel-laden truck fall off from the truck and spilled its inflammable contents on the ground and drainage’.
While speaking with VOA News Correspondent, the FRSC Ota divisional unit commander, Assistant Ganiyu Akeem, said that the fire accident started at about 11:55pm on Thursday. “The tanker vehicle gutted out fire and killed two people, burnt 17 other vehicles and 6 persons sustained various degrees of injuries. The injured persons are currently receiving treatments at Ota General Hospital, while remains of the deceased have been deposited at the morgue.”
He also said that about five shops got razed alongside several items in the shops.
He further added, ‘it took the timely intervention of fire fighters from Ota and Lagos to curb the effect of the inferno’.
Speaking further, he told our correspondent that the families of affected victims have been contacted. He also said that they have conducted several orientations for the tanker drivers and truck owners within the vicinity in order to prevent future occurrence.
In the same development, the immediate past honorable representing Ado-odo/Ota in the Ogun State House of Assembly, and member, Ogun State Judicial Service Commission, Hon. Nurudeen Aina Akinpelu told VOA Correspondent that he contacted the Deputy Governor immediately the incident occurred.
He said that security agencies are doing their best to evacuate remnants from the accident and to ease traffic congestion on the federal road.
According to an eye witness who spoke with our correspondent, Mohammed Abdulahhi, he said, ‘let us blame the avoidable incident on the bad state of roads in Ota. There are no passable roads in and around Ota as we speak and motorist are passing through bottle’s neck to go about their lawful businesses everyday’. He called on the government to come to their rescue in Ota, most especially, toll gate, Joju, Owode-Ijako roads.
An onlooker, Mr. Rufai Temitope, who was obviously worried and annoyed when speaking with our correspondent lamented that ‘accidents have become a normal occurrence along toll gate road. It is time the government found a lasting solution to these death traps called roads before they kill us one by one’.
Meanwhile, traffic movement within Ota Metropolis in the early hours of Friday was affected as vehicles had to avoid the Lagos/Abeokuta expressway inbound Sango/Ota roads in search of escape routes.