An impatient tricycle rider and a passenger sitting beside him lost their lives when the driver rammed into a petrol tanker which was stationed at the Randuck Filling Station area of Oke-Afa, Isolo, Lagos.
Two other passengers who boarded the tricycle are also said to be in critical condition at the Isolo General Hospital, Isolo while the fourth person who was also rushed to the hospital after the accident has been discharged.
According to an eyewitness, the accident was caused due to the impatience of the tricycle driver who was in a hurry get to his destination.
“The tanker had just discharged fuel at a filling station nearby (not Randuck). It was driving out of the station around 9am when the accident happened.
“While the tanker was reversing, a bus and the tricycle, which were on different lanes on the road, were speeding towards the tanker. At this time, about 20 per cent of the tanker was on the road, while 80 per cent was still inside the station.
“The bus driver was able to apply the brakes, but the tricycle rider couldn’t as the tricycle went under the tanker. A sharp rod in the tanker pierced the rider and the passenger beside him. They died on the spot.”
A combined effort of sympathisers, passersby, LASTMA and FRSC officials joined forces to bring out the victims from the wreckage as they all promptly responded to the emergency.
Mahmud Hassan, the Public Relations Officer of LASTMA, confirmed the incident and revealed more about the mishap.
“Two people were confirmed dead on the spot and two others are receiving treatment at the hospital. The police have taken over the case for investigation. We strongly advise motorists, commercial or private, to always exercise caution when on the road. Patience and adherence to traffic rules can save us and our loved ones from agony and pain.”
But Dolapo Badmus, the police spokesperson however said only one person died in the accident.
“One person died and another was injured. The case is still under investigation.” She said.
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