The recklessness of trailer drivers reared its ugly head again on Monday, April 12, in Lagos State when the driver of a fully-loaded articulated vehicle popularly known as trailer decided to make a U-turn at a major road and in the process, got its front tyre stuck inside a a drainage.
The incident happened around 6:45 p.m. at Jungle inward College Road, Ifako Ijaiye, when the trailer decided to make the U-turn on the road and in the process, got its front tyre stuck in the drainage, blocking 80 per cent of the road and thus, causing traffic bottleneck.
Many motorists coming from Agege and Iju who were heading towards African Church Road, College Road, Fagba and Ogba areas of the state had a hectic time on the road, wondering how a trailer driver could decide to make a U-turn on such a road.
Officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), the agency in charge of traffic monitoring and control in the state, and other traffic officials including policemen who got to the scene some minutes after the trailer got stuck also wondered why a trailer driver would make such a decision.
As of the time of this report, the front tyre of the trailer was still stuck inside the drainage as efforts were being made by the driver, his assistant and some other motorists to call towing vehicle to help in removing the stuck trailer.
The incident was reported by LASTMA on its Twitter handle @followlastma which added that its officials are on ground making frantic efforts to control the attendant gridlock.
According to LASTMA: "Report of a trailer carrying goods which front tyre got stuck inside the drainage as it attempted to make a U-turn at Jungle inward College Road.
"It is currently obstructing 80 per cent of College Road and those going to Ogba, Fagba, African Church Street, among others, are having hectic time getting through.
"LASEMA has been contacted for evacuation while the driver, his assistant and other motorists are also making phone calls so as to get towing vehicle to be able to pull the trailer out. LASTMA officials are also on ground managing traffic effectively."
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