Local Car news #Update!
It is quite sad that we talked about accidents yesterday and barely one hour after, the news of a ghastly multiple accident was all over the news.
A tanker transporting about 33,000 litres of petrol lost its balance while driving up the Festac Link Bridge in Amuwo Odofin LGA of Lagos State.
This caused the petrol filled tank to separate from the truck, which resulted in an explosion. Some residents and passers-by tried attacking the fire with buckets of water but all efforts proved futile. Some of the cars parked in a car shop at the foot of the bridge were gutted by the fire as well as furniture items, bags and boxes displayed for sale at the foot of the bridge.
The inferno raged for some hours and was eventually doused by the combined efforts of rescue operators from the Lagos and Federal Fire Service, LASEMA, Lagos State Ambulance Service, LASAMBUS and policemen from Area ‘E’ Command after battling it for hours.
Properties were lost and although lives were endangered, thankfully none was lost.
This accident once again reminds us of the menace these long vehicle have been to the Nigerian society. And despite the government mandating that these vehicles be seen on the roads only at night. The mandate isn’t being enforced and therefore they remain a threat to the lives of road users including theirs.
So whose fault are these accidents really? The reckless drivers or authorities not enforcing the mandate already given?
We need to do better.
Stay safe this yuletide season.
Vehicles burning in the fire.