7th May, 2012
The Corps Marshal and the Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Osita Chidoke, has revealed that available statistics on road accidents showed that crashes caused by tankers and trailers annually has killed no fewer than 5,531 people in about 1,202 crashes.
Osita said this at a national workshop entitled Cargo Safety on Nigerian Roads, which was organised by the FRSC in collaboration with the Nigerian Shippers’ Council.
The Corps Marshal, who was represented by the Corps Transport Safety Officer, Kayode Olagunju, said statistics also revealed that a total of 6,012 crashes involving tankers and trailers were recorded in 2007 and 2011, translating to about 100 per month and 1,200 per year.
According to him, the figure could well be above the reflected figures statistically since not all road crashes are reported and documented by the FRSC. He lamented the cumulative loss in both human and material resources, which he described as colossal and should not be allowed to continue.
The statistics, which was also made available to P.M.NEWS revealed that in 2011 alone, more than 8,695 people were involved in auto accidents caused by trailers and tankers out of which 905 people died and 3,115 people were injured.
“In a spate of five years, a total of 23,574 casualty figures were recorded in tanker and trailer crashes involving about 39,915 persons. Of course, vehicles were not spared as a total of 9,656 were destroyed in these crashes.
Osita identified the major cause of these accidents as dangerous driving, speed limit violation, brake failure, traffic violations, obstructions and dangerous overtaking.