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Ologbo Bridge Crash: Biu directs fleet operators to comply with minimum safety standards

…by installing safety valves in their vehicles

By Peter Usman://

The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC Dauda Ali Biu has called on fleet operators, especially owners of tankers conveying inflammable products to ensure compliance with minimum safety standards by installing safety valves (Anti spill) in their vehicles.

Biu noted that full compliance with the directives of meeting the minimum standard will definitely eradicate all incidences of mishap resulting from lack of safety valves in tankers. 

The caution came following a fatal crash that occurred at Ologbo Bridge, on the Benin/Sapele expressway, Delta State on 1st October, 2023 at 0100HRS.

In a statement signed by Assistant Corps Marshal, Corps Public Education Officer, FRSC Headquarters Abuja, Bisi Kazeem, “the dual crash involved 15 different categories of vehicles. The affected vehicles are; 1 Toyota Hiace Bus, 2 FORD Buses, 1 Volkswagen Passat, 2 J5 Peugeot buses, 1 Daylong Motorcycle and 8 Tankers.

“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 should not be allowed to ply the highways.

Peterideal

A journalist by profession and I have been in active practice for so many years. A graduate of Political Science from University of Abuja. Maried with four children.

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