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Otedola Bridge accident triggers Lagos traffic chaos

Otedola Bridge accident triggers Lagos traffic chaos

A diesel-laden tanker crashed on its side on Otedola Bridge in Lagos state on Friday evening, worsening the traffic jam.

Although emergency responders got to the site on time to control the situation, there was resultant traffic that stretched as far back as Ilubirin and Obalende.

It was gathered that the truck suffered brake failure. Some commuters along that axis were reported to have walked from Ketu to Secretariat with the hope of getting buses to Berger, Ibafo and environs.

A commuter said she would have to postpone getting home till Saturday morning.

“I left the office at 5:20pm. Got to Secretariat pedestrian bridge and there was no vehicle to Berger,” the commuter identified as Ufuosuo Da-Clarke said.

“Bikes were available but they were only willing to go to Berger at N500 to Berger, a route is normally N100.

“I waited there till 7:20 or thereabouts and turned back. Even the alternative road beside Magodo leading to Otedola Bridge was thick. I turned back because normally there’s a traffic jam at Berger because of the road demarcation.”

Another commuter, who identified himself as Julius, said he trekked from Alapere to Berger, a distance of 11.8 kilometers.

Here are photos of the gridlock:

According to a tweet on the official Twitter handle of the Lagos State Traffic Management, the tanker was finally evacuated at 9:40pm, an estimated five hours after the incident occurred.

Exactly sixteen days ago, a diesel-laden tanker crashed at Ibafo after an accident between two trucks.

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