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Thursday, 16 June 2016
Confusion As Careless Keke Rider & Passenger Killed On The Spot As Their Tricycle Rammed Into Petrol Tanker
There was confusion at the Randuck Filling Station area of
Oke-Afa, Isolo, Lagos, after a tricycle rider rammed into a fuel tanker on
Wednesday. The rider and a passenger in the front seat died on the spot while
two other passengers were said to be in critical conditions at the Isolo
General Hospital, Isolo. The fourth passenger, who sustained minor injuries, had been
discharged. A witness, Jibola Oladokun, said that the accident was caused by the
impatience of the tricycle rider.
He said, “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." He said while two other passengers in the back seat were
seriously injured, one escaped with a scratch. Passersby and sympathisers
brought out the victims from the wreckage.
Officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Federal
Road Safety Corps and policemen from the Ejigbo division responded to the
A LASTMA official said the police towed the tanker and the
tricycle to the station, adding that the tanker driver fled the scene. He said, “The accident caused a lot of commotion. The driver
of the tanker took to his heels after seeing what had happened. But I don’t
think he was at fault. The tricycle rider and the bus driver saw the tanker
from a distance but instead of waiting, they chose to speed on.
“The man that did not sustain serious injuries just asked
the sympathisers to let him go home. He cancelled whatever appointment he had.
He said tomorrow was his birthday. The two other passengers sustained serious
injuries and I don’t know if they would make it as well.”
The Public Relations Officer of LASTMA, Mahmud Hassan,
confirmed the incident. He said, “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.”