In what could be described as Divine Grace, many people playing the inter-change bridge in Ore, Ondo State have cheated death after a fully loaded petrol tanker tumbled, causing traffic gridlock for several hours on the ever busy highway.
Niger Delta Connect gathered on Wednesday that the unmarked truck, while trying to negotiate a bend on the road, tumbled while the petrol started gushing out and flowing towards the road under the Ore bridge.
It was also gathered that it took the intervention of officials of the State Water Corporation, who reportedly sprayed the affected petrol tanker and its environs with water, to prevent any ugly incident, which could be catastrophe.
An eyewitnesses who doesn’t want his name mentioned told Niger Delta Connect that, for several hours, motorists and travelers plying the Ore-Lagos/Benin express way were held in traffic jam, as the lane from Benin was barricaded to prevent vehicles driving on the flowing petrol.
He explained that the petrol tanker belonging to Matrix, was coming from the Ondo axis, and while negotiating a bend leading to Lagos road, tumbled.
One of the officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), controlling the traffic, explained that the incident happened about 3am.
The officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said their men were on ground to control the diversion, as motorists coming from Lagos and Benin highway had to struggle to drive through a side of the road. He said they had been trying to ease free flow of movement since it occurred, but several trucks plying the road had made it difficult.
Another source, who spoke lamented that similar incidents had happened severally on the same road.
The Ore Unit Commander of FRSC, Sikiru Alonge, while confirming the incident in a phone interview said efforts were made to ensure that the incident did not escalate.
“Having received a distress call about the incident, we swung into action immediately to ensure the safety of lives and properties.”
He said all efforts to contact the Fire Service in Ondo proved abortive as they were not reachable.
“Earlier, we contacted the Fire Service in Ore. But when they were not available, we decided to look for an alternative to transload the fuel.”