The Lagos-Ibadan expressway witnessed a heavy traffic logjam on Wednesday following the spillage of diesel by a fallen tanker.
The incident occurred over the long bridge towards the tail end of the inbound route into Lagos, leading to long vehicular queue and causing disruption of movement in and out of Lagos.
News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the spillage left many vehicles, commuters and other road users stuck for several hours.
Road users who were going into Lagos from Mowe, Ibafo, Asese, Magboro and Arepo lamented the situation, saying they wasted the larger part of their productive time on the road.
Also, people travelling from other parts of the country into Lagos who were caught up in the logjam expressed their displeasure about the incident.
Officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) and other uniform personnel were drafted to the scene of the accident to control traffic, redirect vehicles and to prevent drivers from driving against traffic.
Speaking to NAN, a passenger, Clara Onabolu urged the government to create alternative routes for trailers and tankers.
“This is very terrible. I even thought the traffic was as a result of the preparation for the construction on the expressway.
“These tankers and trailers are our main problem in Lagos. The government need to come up with new initiatives on how to take care of them.
“We can’t continue to suffer like this,” she said
Another passenger who was caught in the traffic, Ope Ajayi, stated that government should find a lasting solution to the incessant traffic on the expressway in order to rescue people who ply the road on a daily basis.
“The government does not know the sufferings we are going through. This situation has ruined people’s day.
“There is always one problem or another on this road.
“At this time, we’re not at work yet that is exactly why people who have good jobs are relocating their families to better places.
“Imagine what the case will be when the real construction commences in few weeks time. We can only ask God for His grace,” she said.
NAN reports that some commercial motorcyclists were scooping spilled diesel into kegs under the bridge where the accident occurred.