Passerby Injured as Soldier’s Car Collides with Truck, Explodes 


Chiemelie Ezeobi
A yet-to-be identified young man was on Tuesday injured at the Fagbems Filling Station, Jakande Estate, along Oshodi – Apapa Expressway, after a Toyota Camry saloon car and a truck collided.

The Toyota car, belonging to a Nigerian Army  personnel identified as Lasisi Adeleye, was said to have exploded because of the petroleum products he was carrying in the car.
The car had exploded after collision with a Mercedes Benz 1428 truck marked AKM162ZW, who had recklessly hit it from the rear.

Following the impact of the crash, the Camry veered off the road, somersaulted several time and knocked down a passerby who fell and suffered a fractured leg.
However, the soldier was able to escape unhurt from the wrecked car before it eventually exploded upon hitting the pedestrian kerb.

While passersby were attempting to assist the injured victim, the truck driver, who was identified as Joseph Chima, was said to have attempted to flee, but was caught by the soldier, who took him to the nearest police station to make statement.
The arrival of the officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) saw the injured man being taken into their patrol van for onward journey to the hospital.

Confirming the incident, the Assistant Corps Commander, Emmanuel Edeh, said the victim was taken to New Age Hospital, Kirikiri Apapa where it was discovered he fractured an ankle.
Meanwhile, a commercial bus, said to have been fully loaded with petroleum products, also exploded at the Ojota bus stop, close to Total filling station.
Although no life was lost, the fire razed the commercial bus and it’s contents, even as it caused vehicular snarl along that axis.