The Otedola Bridge Accident that led to the death of at least 10 people and loss of over 54 cars may have been avoided latest findings by the Lagos State Government, LASG has revealed.
Addressing a joint press briefing over the weekend, the State’s Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Ladi Lawanson, said preliminary investigations into the incident revealed a combination of vehicular defect and human errors.
Lawanson said preliminary investigation revealed that the affected tanker which exploded was registered in Nasarawa Local Government, Kano State with registration number NSR 888 YC, and had changed ownership 13 times since purchase.
“It (the tanker) was manufactured in 1999 by Mack Trucks Inc at its assembly plant in Winnsboro, United States. This truck was designed as a 14,959kg (approximately 15 ton) drilling rig with low bed, but it was converted in Nigeria from a drilling rig to fuel tank carrier to carry 30 tonnes.
“From this preliminary investigation, the truck should not have been loaded to the weight of 30 tonnes, which is twice its pulling capacity,” the Commissioner said, adding that further investigation into the current ownership of the tanker and other related details were progressing.
Meanwhile, LASG has said it was now mandatory for all articulated trucks coming into Lagos to obtain the Ministry of Transportation’s Road Worthiness Certificate at any of the designated centres within the next 30 days.