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An Essay Describing a Fatal Accident which I was Involved in

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An Essay Describing a Fatal Accident which I was Involved in by : 1:44 pm On May 8, 2018

A vehicle in which you were traveling was involved in an accident and several passengers including yourself were injured. Describe to sympathizers, who have come to visit you in hospital, how the accident happened and what followed


It was at about 6.30 a.m on Saturday 7th April, 1997 that the ill-fated journey began I was going to attend an interview for employment at Okokomaiko, a suburb of Lagos. The interview was scheduled for ten o’clock in the morning. The anxiety of the interview so much overwhelmed me that I couldn’t sleep the previous night. I prayed for much of the time and  equally guessed at the most likely questions. At least I was confident of leaving the queue of the unemployed after three years of joblessness. Getting to the motor park at Pen Cinema, I climbed into a loading bus and not long after, the journey began.

I prayed for a short while before I could even look at the faces of co-passengers who were mostly market women. In fact I was the only male and the youngest of the lot. I perceived the odour of Indian hemp from where I sat by the driver, I asked him whether he smoked and he replied in the affirmative. Shortly after, he lit a wrapped substance which he referred to as ‘Jukuye’. As soon as I noticed this, I demanded my fare of one hundred naira and decided to join another vehicle. However, the  passengers warned me against being stranded as that place was not the garage and petrol was scarce. What really tempted me to get down were tow: the driver’s vulgar language and his reckless driving.

His style of driving was more than dangerous. He had no respect for traffic codes. On two occasions he was ordered to stop by VIOs and the police but he waved them aside. My heart beat increased more than ever before, while my only prayer was to get to my destination. Meanwhile, most passengers were deeply asleep. In fact, I knew the driver was much under the influence of alcohol when he almost rain into a coming  truck. My hear jumped out of my mouth when suddenly he applied his brakes without any warning signal. This made all passengers already asleep to wake up and start exchanging words with the driver.

As that happened, it was the prayer of all passengers to get to where they could see a policemen who would order him to stop, so the would get down, and join other vehicles. The driver completely neglected our side. In a twinkle of an eye he was driving too recklessly towards a narrow bridge near Iba Village. We shouted, but to no avail. Consequently, he collided with an oncoming lorry. That was about seven.

Of all the fifteen passengers, only three of us sustained minor injuries. Others had deep cuts and broken legs and arms, but the dreiver escaped unhurt. Thank God a good Samaritan used his vehicle to convey us to the nearest public hospital at Iba. On arrival at the hospital, both the nurses and doctors on duty refused to treat us except a police report was tendered. It took over thirty minutes before the good Samaritan and I, an eye witness, could convince the hospital authorities that the man who brought us was not the culprit but a good citizen with good intention. Later, we were all adequately treated.

Finally, the accident was caused by our own driver’s notorious,j wicked and arrogant attitude. Coupled with these was his drunkenness hat made him to drive under the influence of alcohol and drug. We learnt there at the hospital that he had been arrested by law enforcement against. I am  ready to  testify against his bad driving if called upon to do so. His types should be banned from the highways if accidents are to be drastically reduced.


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