An articulated truck was on Tuesday trapped in a failed portion of the Onitsha-Owerri expressway in Oraifite, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra state.
The road failure was reportedly caused by heavy erosion which has eaten deep into the expressway.
A tanker ladden with diesel was said to be passing through the route when it suddenly fell into the caved-in portion of the road, spilling some of its contents.
State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Adeoye Irelewuyi confirmed the incident.
He said the trapped tanker is undergoing transloading, while the remaining portion of the road has been closed completely to avoid loss of life.
Irelewuyi advised motorists and other road users to take alternative routes, including Obosi road, assuring that officers and men of the Corps were on ground to control traffic.
He said, “RS 5.3 Sector Command is in receipt of a report of a failed section of Onitsha-Owerri expressway around NIMET office completely cut off.
“The road failure was reportedly caused by heavy erosion which has eaten deep into the express way.
“The FMWH has been contacted and a construction company has been mobilized to carry out repairs immediately.
“Unfortunately for the tanker ladden with diesel, the road caved-in while passing. The tanker is presently trapped and undergoing transloading.”