Following the Sunday fatal crash on the Ologbo Bridge, on the Benin/Sapele expressway, Delta State, the Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dauda Ali Biu has called on tanker drivers conveying inflammable products to ensure compliance with minimum safety standards by installing safety valves (Anti spill) in their vehicles.
The crash occured at Ologbo Bridge, on the Benin/Sapele expressway, Delta State on 1 October, 2023.
The dual crash involved 15 different categories of vehicles. The affected vehicles are; 1 Toyota Hiace Bus, 2 FORD Buses, 1 Volkswagen Passat passat, 2 J5 Peugeot buses, 1 Daylong Motorcycle and 8 Tankers.
A statement issued by issued by the Assistant Corps Marshal, Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, the call by Biu is to eradicate all incidences of mishap resulting from lack of safety valves in tankers.
Giving details of the crash, Kazeem said, “From the report gotten from the FRSC rescue team, a total of 15 people all male adults were involved. Out of this number, 07 people got injured, while 08 victims were burnt beyond recognition.
“The truck ladened with Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS), coming from Warri, Delta State fell on the highway and spilled the PMS product on the road, thereby leading to an explosion that gutted the aforementioned number of vehicles and the 15 male victims.
“Arising from this, the Corps Marshal, while calling on owners and operators of tankers to comply with all safety standards set by the government on operation of that category of vehicle on Nigerian roads, has directed Commanding Officers to ensure that tankers that do not meet safety standards are not allowed to ply the highways.”