An accident involving several vehicles has caused heavy gridlock on the notorious Otedola Bridge in Lagos.
According to the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency, the accident is said to involve up to “ten vehicles including a containerized truck, a ‘pickup’ and a high capacity bus as well as several cars.”
The accident affected motorists heading towards Berger. LASTMA advised motorists to use the CMD Road from Secretariat bus stop to connect Berger bus stop pending further updates on the traffic situation on the road.
According to an eyewitness, Remilekun Abiola, the accident involving five vehicles, occurred about 8 am during the early morning downpour at Otedola Bridge, out ward Lagos to Berger.
Though, the immediate and remote cause of the accident could not be ascertained at press time, but eyewitness attributed over speeding and sloppy nature of the road by Otedola Bridge,a truck driver was also fingered, coupled with the heavy rainfall which affected visibility of motorists.
At the time of this report, one of the victims, an unidentified male, has been confirmed dead by men of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA and Lagos State Ambulance Service, LASAMBUS, who raced to the tragic scene.
There were different versions on the number of casualties. While eyewitnesses said many people died, LASEMA confirmed one person dead so far.
The injured victims have also been taken to various hospitals for treatment.
Other rescue team at the scene, include: Men of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, of the Lagos State Police Command, Lagos State Fire Service, Federal Road Safety Ciro’s, FRSC, among others.
The accident led to chaotic gridlock along the axis as motorists were trapped in the resultant traffic.