By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
A major fire disaster that would have occurred as a result of the spillage of gas substance by a truck in Lagos has been reportedly averted by operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), New Nigerian Newspapers has learnt.
It was learnt that a gas laden truck, marked KRD 281 XL hit the newly erected barrier at Alaka inward the National Stadium axis, spilling its content.
According to report, the LASTMA officials swiftly invited other energency responders particularly the Lagos State Fire Service and condoned off the main carriage way at Alaka by Stadium bridge for motorists to avert any fire outbreak.
The Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA Mr Adebayo Taofiq confirmed the incident in a statement to journalists on Saturday.
He quoted Lastma Officer Akinde Olusola of Zone 3, Iponri area of Surulere to have confirmed that a gas laden truck with registration no KRD 281 XL hit the newly erected barrier by the government at Alaka inward Stadium.
According to the LASTMA spokesperson, Zebra Olusola confirmed further that in an attempt for the gas truck to force itself under the newly erected barrier, had its content (gas) spilled on the main garriage by Akaka inward Stadium bridge.
“Immediately the incident occured Lastma officials quickly invited other energency responders particularly the Lagos State Fire Service and condoned off the main carriage way at Alaka by Stadium bridge for motorists to avert any fire outbreak”
“While the driver of the truck was arrested and handed over to Police men from Area ‘C’ Divisional Police Station, vehicular movement were diverted to service lane from Alaka to continue their movement inward Ojuelegba by Lastma Officials”, he added.
Meanwhile, the General Manager of LASTMA Mr Bolaji Oreagba has explained that the newly errected barrier at Stadium bridge was to divert heavy trucks to service lane from Alaka inward Staduim down to Ojuelegba.
Oreagba however, enjoined heavy truck drivers to always make use of the service lane whenever they are embarking on any journey around Stadium to Ojuelegba area of Lagos.
He urged members of the public to kindly contact Lastma hotlines 08100565860/ 08129928513 in case of any traffic gridlock, comment and observation.