22nd July, 2011
A petroleum tanker driver on Thursday smashed his vehicle into three cars on Funsho Williams Road in Surulere, Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigerian (NAN) reports that no life was lost in the accident.
An eyewitness, who gave his name as Akin Johnson, alleged that the accident was caused by a car which broke down on the major road.
He said that the driver of a Toyota Camry, with Reg. No. FD742LND, while trying to avoid a broken down vehicle, was hit by the tanker driver.
Johnson said that the Camry driver in turn ran into a Volvo car with Reg. No. NE 200 AAN.
He said that after hitting the Toyota Camry, the tanker driver ran into a compound, crushing two more cars and destroying a PHCN transformer.
â€œThe Camry driver swerved to the left in order not to hit a Volvo car that suddenly broke down on the way, but hit another car in the process.
â€œThe tanker driver was trying to manoeuvre his way so as not to hit the Camry car, but he lost control, hit the Camry car before swerving into a compound and crushing the cars,â€ Johnson said.
Mrs Rosemary Ubajake, a lawyer and owner of the Camry, told NAN that she hit a Volvo car after being hit by the tanker driver.
â€œMy car boot is crushed. The car in front of me was not really damaged because the owner zoomed off with the car,â€ she said.
Mr Lateef Adebowale, another legal practitioner, whose car was damaged by the tanker, said he parked his car in front of his office at 85, Funsho Williams Avenue, Lagos.
â€œImagine, the tanker driver manoeuvred his way into the compound and crushed my car and another car. He also damaged the PHCN transformer in front of the compound.
â€œTanker drivers are fond of driving recklessly. If not, how was he able to enter the compound to destroy property,â€ Adebowale said.
NAN reports that the driver, who gave his name as Seun Iyiola, wanted to escape after the accident but was caught by Adebowale.
The driver said that he could not explain how the accident happened.