It seems the early prayers made by the lone occupant of a Toyota Avalon before leaving home must have saved him from an impending calamity as he escaped death in the afternoon of Thursday, September 30, when the driver of a truck rammed into his car from behind which caused him to lose control and also hit a bus belonging to the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).
I was heading towards Maryland from Ojota end of the ever-busy Ikorodu Road when I witnessed an unusual heavy traffic at that time of the day around 2:30 p.m. at Idiroko inwards Maryland and on getting close to the scene of the incident, I was told about the accident that just occurred involving three vehicles.
On getting to the scene of the accident and after asking those who witnessed the incident what went wrong, I was told that the driver of a truck suddenly lost control ostensibly as a result of brake failure coupled with the slippery and wet road that followed a heavy rainfall shortly before the accident.
I was told that after losing control, the driver of the truck rammed into the booth of the Toyota Avalon with much force and the impact of this caused the lone occupant of the car to also lose control and he eventually rammed into a high capacity bus of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) that was in front of it.
The impact of hitting the bus caused the bonnet and the entire front parts of the car to be severely damaged while the truck also severely damaged the booth, bumper and the back lights of the car.
I was told that when the man hit his car on the back of the BRT bus and he could not come out on time, some onlookers around had to quickly enter the vehicle to bring him out before he was taken to a hospital for medical attention while traffic management officials were seen at the scene of the incident controlling traffic.
I was also told that before I arrived at the scene, the fully-loaded BRT bus which was heading towards CMS had left the scene with its passengers due to the fact that the impact of the accident was minor on the bus while the white Toyota Avalon and the truck were still at the scene.
Before I left the scene around 3:00 p.m., men of the Anthony Police Division were seen making efforts to tow the vehicles to their station while men of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASEMA) were at the scene of the accident controlling the traffic gridlock that followed the incident.
There is no doubt that during the rainy season when roads are slippery and wet, motorists are expected to exercise caution on the roads while trucks and trailers, especially those carrying containers and other heavy things, should ensure their brakes are always in order before embarking on any journey.
It is a fact that if the truck that caused the accident had its brakes properly checked before embarking on the journey, such an accident would not have occurred at such a time shortly after a heavy rainfall that made the roads slippery and wet.
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