An accident reportedly caused by a tricycle rider has cost a couple in Lagos the sum of five hundred and fifty thousand Naira.
It was gathered that the yet-to-be identified family was driving along the T.O.S Benson Road when a tricycle operator veered off in their direction.
In a bid to avoid the impending collision, the man who drove a blue KIA car, reportedly turned his steering in shock and rammed into two coffin shops beside the road.
Naija News learnt that the incident happened at about 7:0am last Monday around the Ikorodu General Hospital, in the Ikorodu Local Government Area of Lagos State.
According to PUNCH Metro, an eyewitness who gave her name only as Ife, said no casualty was recorded in the incident. She, however, noted that the impact of the crash damaged the couple’s car and no fewer than nine coffins.
Giving more details of the incident, the trader said, “A tricycle operator saw passengers waiting for vehicles to convey them to Ebute and he rode in the direction of the motor park. Suddenly, he made a U-turn without properly looking at the road and wanted to collide with a KIA car heading towards the park.
“The shock of the incident made the driver of the KIA lose control of the vehicle and ram into two coffin shops. The driver’s wife was dressed for office and it appeared that the man wanted to drop her at work.
“The tricycle operator fled after realising what he had caused. Nobody sustained injuries, but the accident damaged the coffins and some parts of the shops belonging to Abayo and Korede.”
It was further revealed that the driver of the car later return to the scene after recovering from the hospital to compensate the owners of the damaged coffins before taking his wrecked vehicle from the accident scene.
“The driver paid N550,000 to the owners of the damaged coffins. The coffins are very costly; some of them cost N150,000, N200,000 and N80,000. About nine coffins were destroyed,” an eyewitness said.
He added: “When I got there, I saw that the husband and wife sustained no injury, but the shock of the accident affected the driver, as he spent up to 30 minutes in the car before getting down.
“They had to rush him to a hospital and later, he returned with his family to the coffin shops, settled the owner of the coffins with N550,000 and used a towing vehicle to remove his car from the scene of the accident.”