By Ikenna Omeje
A yet to be identified motorcycle rider on Saturday was confirmed dead in an accident which occurred in Joju area along Lagos- Abeokuta Expressway in Ogun State.
The accident which was confirmed by both the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) in the state was reportedly caused by a petrol truck.
According to TRACE Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Babatunde Akinbiyi, the motorcyclist lost his life when the loaded petrol tanker had a brake failure and hit the Okada man from behind.
Giving his account, the State Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr. Clement Oladele said that the crash involved a tanker laden with Premium Motor Spirit ( PMS), an SUV and a motorcycle, led to the death of one while another person sustained injured.
In a statement issued by him on Saturday, he said that the injured person had been taken to the hospital for medical treatment while the corpse of the dead person was still trapped under the petrol tanker. This he said was because the retrieval of the corpse could lead to a possible fire outbreak if not handled well.
“Men of the fire service have been contacted, as standard practice, before transloading to avert fire outbreak.”
He said, as soon as transloading is completed, the vehicle would be removed from the road.
“Motorists are advised to be patient until the crashed vehicle is removed from the road.
“Meanwhile alternative corridor of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway may be used,” said Oladele.
When Nigerian NewsDirect arrived at the scene of the accident, the trapped corpse of the deceased had since been taken to the mortuary. Also, the petrol tanker was not there. However, an eyewitness who spoke to our correspondent said that the petrol tanker had been towed away.
Nigerian NewsDirect also observed the presence of some officials of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC). One of the officials of the company who didn’t want his name in print said that the power line along the area has been disconnected because of the electric poles which were affected in the accident.