Danger averted as petrol tanker falls in Ogun

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The Federal Road Safety Corps has said it took efforts of security agents and residents to avert disaster after a tanker, which was fully loaded with petrol, fell on its side at Owode Bus Stop, Owode in Ogun State on Sunday.

The Unit Commander of the FRSC in Sango-Ota, Mr. Leye Adegboyega, said the accident, which occurred around 3.45pm, was as a result of brake failure.

He said, “A Mack petrol tanker with registration number MUS 422 XH was heading to Abeokuta from Lagos lost control due to brake failure, spilling some of its contents on the road.”

Adegboyega said the FRSC officials, policemen and officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, as well as those of the Ogun State Traffic Enforcement and Compliance Agency, were all on the ground to secure the area and ensure the prompt removal of the tanker.

The intervention of these Agencies assisted in bringing the situation under control, as no life was lost in the incident.
The FRSC boss said both sides of the old Lagos-Abeokuta Express Road were blocked, while other articulated vehicles and motorcyclists were prevented from passing through the area.

He also said there was restriction in the movement of pedestrians, adding that passersby and people at the scene were asked to switch off their mobile phones to forestall an outbreak of fire.

He said that as of 11.45 pm., the contents of the fallen tanker were still being transferred into another tanker while motorists were diverted to alternative routes, to reduce the gridlock.


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