Careless vehicle management is a major cause of road accident on Nigeria highways.
An unidentified United Kingdom returnee, couldn't have imagined that his return to his home country, Nigeria would amount to sadness as he narrowly escaped death in a car accident on the Otedola Bridge, Toll gate area of Lagos State.
He was seriously injured, while his brother, Oluwole Giwa, 35, who had received him from the airport died from the unfortunate accident which occurred when a truck lost control over its brake, causing damages to 10 vehicles including theirs.
According to Punch, the vehicles were said to be in a long queue waiting for their turns to buy fuel at a filling station when the trailer rammed into them.
Giwa, who was driving a Toyota Hilux with number plate, FST 356 XS, died on the spot, while the returning brother was rushed to the hospital for medical attention.
The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority commented on the accident saying, “The accident happened in the early hours of Saturday. The trailer, with number plate, FKJ 519 CF, was heading towards Berger. Its brake suddenly failed.
“It tried to hit the median, but it could not hold the truck, so it rammed into a queue of motorists waiting to buy fuel at a filling station.
“It hit 10 vehicles in the queue. But the victims, who were in a blue Toyota Hilux truck, were badly crushed. The driver died on the spot, while the passenger, who happened to be the driver’s brother, escaped with injuries.”
Accidents arisen from poor vehicle maintenance is quite common on Nigerian roads, causing a major concern for road law enforcement agencies.