By Fredrick Okopie
LAGOS â€” COMMERCIAL activities along the Apapa-Oshodi expressway in Lagos, yesterday came to a stand still as a stretch part of the pedestrian bridge at Alaba Bus-stop was brought down by a tipper, compounding the chaotic traffic situation on the road caused by collapsed potions of the expressway.
The debris of the collapsed bridge barricaded the expressway, coupled with the early down pour.
At press time, the heavy traffic had not eased out as commuters were seen trekking to their destinations.
An eye witness and Vice-Chairman of Jankande Estate Community Development, Mr. Tony Okotie,Â told Vanguard that â€œthe accident happened around 4:00 a.m when a tipperâ€™s carriage hit the flyover bridge. Not quite long,Â a trailer withÂ number plate XC 358 SKK loaded withÂ goats from the north rammed into the debris from the collapsed bridge which worsened the situation.â€
He lamented that immediately the accident happened, the tipper driver drove away, but the conductor was caught andÂ handed over to the policemen at Festac division.
When Vanguard visited the scene of the accident, cranes from construction giant, Julius Berger and Lagos State Transport Management Authority, LASTMA, were seen evacuating the the trailer and the debris.
Men of the Federal Roads Safety Commission, plaincloth security agents and LASTMA officials were on hand to control traffic.
Since the beginning of this week, motorists and other road users have spend a minimum of five hours on both sides of the expressway due to collapsed portions under the Berger Bridge, Trinity Bus stop and the link road to Kirikiri town.
Lamented his frustration and the manly hours being wasted because the deplorable state of the expressway,Â Mr. Gbenga Adefaye, Editor-in- Chief of Vanguard Newspapers, who was held up in the traffic for hours, said heÂ had to abandon his car and trekked a long distant to the office.