Many have continued to blame the total shutdown of road movement yesterday, especially the entrance to Lagos along Kara bridge to the unguided activities of the road construction companies. But detail clarification from FRSC and LASTMA officials has revealed the actual cause of the shutdown yesterday.
Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) spokesman Olufemi Filade confirmed that two trucks collided and people started plying one-way.
This, he said, led to gridlock.
Filade hailed the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) for clearing the trucks to restore normalcy.
FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer, Zone RS2, comprising Lagos and Ogun states, Mr. Samuel Obayemi, attributed the crash to impatience.
Obayemi, who frowned at the recklessness of some road users, urged motorists to be cautious of the diversion and be patient.
“JBN (Julius Berger Nigeria Plc) has been contacted and they are on ground to remove the barriers that will aid the easy entrance of a tow-truck.
“FRSC, Nigeria Police, LASTMA, Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) managed the traffic,” he said.
He advised commuters to change their negative attitude on the use of the road.
“Motorists should know that they are moving from four lanes to two lanes at that portion of the highway where construction is going on. So, there will be a need for a lot of caution.
“Motorists should have consideration for other road users because this is a situation whereby the people going outside Lagos will make use of the same lanes with those coming into Lagos. So, there is the need for extra caution on the part of the motorists,” he said.
Obayemi said that the recovery operations were ongoing to free the traffic and return normalcy to the corridor.
He said road users should avoid any haste when approaching diversion sections so as not to cause pains to other users.