“I had to sleep in the office till the next morning” – People share their Monday Nyanya gridlock experience
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Several motorists on Monday experienced what one may describe as ‘standstill’, as a heavy duty tanker conveying petroleum Motor Spirit (PMD) also known as fuel, failed break and blocked an entire section of the busy Nyanya axis of Abuja/Keffi expressway causing a heavy gridlock.
It was gathered that the accident which occurred at about 3:00pm resulted in the instant trapping of vehicles in traffic jam while several commuters without hesitation, trekked to their various destinations.
Vehicles were barred from accessing Karu bridge and Nyanya interchange axis of the Abuja/Keffi expressway, as men of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Directorate of Road Traffic Service (DRTS) (VIO), FCT and Federal Fire Service, Police, NEMA, FEMA and other personnel were on ground to ensure that the road is cleared.
Also, two children were reportedly knocked as a result of the accident. They have since been taken to the hospital.
However, eyewitness accounts, hinted that the break system of the ill-fated articulated vehicle had failed while descending kugbo hill, only to crash opposite the NNPC filling station when its two tires got bursted, and the tank hit the ground and started discharging its contents.
The traffic gridlock was said to have stretched beyond force Headquarters in the central area and towards Kubwa road through the AYA roundabout at Asokoro, Daily Independent reported.
After spending 3 hours to move from before AYA bridge, to the bridge, I decided to go back to the office and just sleep there till the next morning. I knew there was no way I will get home before 12:00am. With what happened, walking became better than having a car.Roland Aiyedehin a motorist who was also affected by the gridlock said
A journey that will normally take me less than 20 minutes took me more than 6 hours. I left the office, and started off to Nyanya at about 5:15pm and finally arrived my house around 11:30pm.David Narai said
Reacting to the incident, the Area Commander of Karu and Garki station of FCT Fire Service Engineer Chukwuemeka Eze, who was at the scene, described the situation as an unfortunate development.