It was a lucky escape for a driver yesterday when a container fell on his bus in Ilasamaja, Mushin, Lagos.
The driver, Sunday Eneche and his motor boy jumped out of the bus before it was crushed by the container which fell off a trailer.
Eneche was on his way to deliver bread to customers in Ojota, Lagos.
The driver said the trailer was behind him when he saw the container tipping towards his direction.
The driver said: “There was no way I could overtake the trailer because I noticed he was trying to avoid a pothole. I waited for the trailer to move forward. When I saw that the back tyre was trapped in the pothole, myself and the motor boy jumped out of the bus because it almost fell. The bus is not mine; I work with a bread company. I don’t really know if the driver was taking to a hospital because I couldn’t think straight when the trailer fell. I can’t really tell what happened afterwards. There were no casualties.”
An eyewitness, Ismail Omikunle, described Eneche as “lucky.”
Had it been the container trapped him inside the bus, he would not have survived, Omikunle said.
“The driver was rolling on the floor thanking God for saving his life. Passerby also thanked God with him,” he said.
Omikunle, Wheel Oil Filling Station Manager, pleaded with the government to rehabilitate the Cele to Sadiku portion of the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway.
Residents, he said, had lost count of the accidents involving trailers around the area.
Besides, Omikunle said, the traffic gridlock the potholes are causing was unbearable.
Motorists, he said, are stuck for hours in the gridlock daily. A passerby said sympathisers broke the trailer’s windscreen to rescue the driver.
A trader, Mrs Bose Adediran, said she was in her shop when she heard a loud bang, adding that she saw the bus driver, saying: “God saved me”.
She said: “I am so happy no one died because I don’t know how I would continue to trade here if lives were lost. It wasn’t the trailer driver’s fault. There is a big pothole on that spot. At times vehicles breakdown causing gridlock.”
Mr Goddy Obitolu said he saw people running when he looked and saw that the container had tipped to a corner.
“We shouted for the driver to come out and immediately the trailer fell but before then the driver called some people to help him push his car away from the trailer because his bus was also stuck and one of his back tyres was trapped in the pothole, at this point, the trailer was now falling so we shouted on them and they fled,” he said.