In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 30th, August, 2020

How I Jumped Out Of My Burning Automobile, Escaped Dying

How I Jumped Out Of My Burning Car, Escaped Death

Olayemi Ajide-Olayinka

Olayemi Ajide-Olayinka

Mrs Olayemi Ajide-Olayinka, an unbiased broadcaster, whose automobile was engulfed in flames on Thursday, August 27, 2020, alongside the Lagos–Ibadan Expressway and triggered a gridlock, shares her expertise with ABIODUN NEJO

When you wakened on Thursday morning, did you may have any humorous feeling about how the day would go?

Once I wakened within the morning, I didn’t really feel something unusal. I had an appointment with my physician which I had to maintain. I left my home at about 6:30 within the morning due to the site visitors on our highway. My appointment was for 8am. So, I wished to get there earlier than then. I used to be even the one which gave my youthful brother a experience to his workshop round Agidingbi, Ikeja. The appointment was at Allen Avenue. I used to be there till about 11:30am. On my manner out, I waited for any person round Alade Market, Ikeja, the place a girl was to provide me one thing. When she got here, we sat within the Honda automobile and mentioned for some time earlier than I dropped her off.

 What took you to the Lagos–Ibadan Expressway the place the hearth incident occurred?

I used to be on my manner dwelling, however after I obtained to Marwa Backyard, I made a decision to name a sister at Arepo that I felt like consuming pounded yam and he or she requested me to come back over that she would put together it for me. She requested me to cease over at her store round there. Once I was at Beneath Bridge, my sister-in-law, my husband’s rapid elder sister, known as me on the telephone. Once I obtained to Berger, my son known as to inform me that I can buy some issues when coming dwelling and I instructed him that I used to be already on my manner dwelling. I used to be simply shifting alongside the Lengthy Bridge when, rapidly, I simply noticed thick smoke popping out of the air situation vents. I questioned what may have occurred. I wished to flip off the air situation. I used to be wanting on the dashboard so as to flip it off, however earlier than I may elevate my head, I noticed flames of fireplace popping out of the bonnet. I used to be confused about what to do. I used to be not on excessive velocity anyway, so I wished to use the brake in order that I’d be capable of manouvre the automobile and park. Nonetheless, the brake didn’t work, it was flat. I used to be dazed. Forward of me was a truck and the hearth was burning by means of the bonnet. The truck was there, the brake was flat and I didn’t wish to ram into the truck due to the hearth. I knew that if that occurred, that may have been the top.

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How did you deal with the scenario?

With the scenario, I had to think about what to do. I discovered myself combating the steering and the brake, nothing was taking place. Earlier than I knew it, the hearth engulfed the door. There was smoke all over the place, even contained in the automobile. It simply occurred to me that if it continued, the door would have been shut. However the automobile stored shifting, so I needed to drive the door open and subsequently jumped out. You wanted to see me, I used to be just like the film star, Jackie Chan. The automobile was shifting, so I jumped down and was rolling on the highway. I used to be aware of my legs, I didn’t need the hearth to burn me. It was after some seconds after I jumped off the automobile that it stopped in the midst of the highway as it continued to burn.

Did you obtain assist?

Different motorists got here to my rescue instantly with their hearth extinguishers. Briefly, with the response I obtained, I do know that there are nonetheless some good individuals in Nigeria. They tried for me. Possibly as a result of a lady was concerned, everyone began parking and attempting to assist. Sadly, the hearth extinguishers did not yield any optimistic end result. As they had been making use of them, the hearth was spreading additional. However I simply sat down and I watched the automobile fully burnt.

What was occurring in your thoughts at the moment?

At first, I didn’t even know what to take into consideration!  Was it my son who known as me about 5 minutes earlier?  What would he have mentioned if the sudden had occurred? Would which have been the final time I’d have heard his voice? Would which have been the final time he would have spoken to me? I used to be misplaced in thought. It took about 30 minutes earlier than I may get myself collectively and name my husband, brother, my mates and others.

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Did you maintain any harm while you jumped off the automobile?

No. It was after the whole lot after I was returning dwelling that I felt some pains in my neck, wrist, legs and nails. however earlier than then, it was as if nothing occurred to me. I didn’t really feel something whereas there. All the pieces was clean. I used to be in shock! Horrible shock! I couldn’t consider that the charred stay was the automobile that I introduced out in good situation within the morning. It was not a very good expertise in any respect. Nonetheless, I thank God.

Did you sight officers of the Federal Highway Security Corps, Nigeria Police or hearth service?

It was about 20 minutes or thereabouts , when the accident occurred, that I noticed some policemen, about 5 of them in a police van on the different aspect of the highway. They had been simply wanting, perhaps it was not their jurisdiction. It was later that males of the Ogun State Site visitors Compliance and Enforcement Corps got here. We had been simply watching the hearth raging. Though they wished to push the automobile to a aspect of the highway, nothing may very well be completed with the hearth raging. Later, a policewoman and a male officer got here. She took my quantity, however males of the hearth service and FRSC weren’t on the scene.


What do you suppose was chargeable for the hearth?

Actually, I don’t know. I checked all over the place. It was not as if gasoline leaked. In every single place was dry, I’d not know what led to it. The automobile didn’t give any signal, it was the automobile that I took to Faaji FM for my radio programme at Alagbado two days earlier. I dwell at Magboro. It was simply on Wednesday August 26, 2020, that I didn’t exit. Once I took the automobile out on Thursday morning, there was no signal in any respect that something would occur. Some individuals mentioned perhaps the battery touched one thing, however I don’t perceive that clarification. Some mentioned perhaps the gasoline was leaking contained in the bonnet. Some mentioned it might need been drawback, however I can’t say. I’ve not used the automobile for about two weeks. It’s solely my son who took it out to purchase gasoline and different issues in our space. Regardless of the drawback is perhaps, I don’t suppose it may possibly simply catch hearth directly like that. I don’t know what may have occurred.

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What did you lose together with the automobile?

I’d say simply the automobile and a few of my private issues. I’m simply attempting to place myself collectively to actually know what I misplaced.

What is going to you attribute your protected escape to?

It’s God. Honesty, I don’t not know from the place the braveness with which I jumped out of the automobile got here. It was God, I need to confess.

Whenever you recall what occurred and the way it occurred, what involves your thoughts?

Each minute you’ve obtained to dwell on this world, simply thank God for all times. It (incident) has taught me that the whole lot in life is ephemeral. You don’t know what can occur to you subsequent minute.


Supply: The PUNCH

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