The driver of the Toyota Sienna that crashed off the Third Mainland Bridge into the Lagos Lagoon, Olusola Oladimeji, has said that he was not speeding when the accident occurred.
Contrary to reports by traffic and emergency officials, the pastor of Mountain of Fire and Miracles and father of three said he was not on high speed when he had the accident.
“I work on the island and I left home for a meeting in the early hours of Saturday. After the monthly environmental sanitation, I started driving back home.
“I was driving at the speed of 60km/hr and was on the fast lane because the road was free. At Ebute Meta bypass, I saw two vehicles that had been involved in an accident but I kept on driving. Suddenly, everything went blank, I couldn’t see anything again, and I just found myself in the water,” he said.
Oladimeji said he was able to loosen his seat belt as he was still very conscious. He then saw a ray of light in the water and he swam towards it.
“It was while I was waving my hand that fishermen saw me and quickly came to my aid. They took me away from the scene and took me to a clinic located on the water where they administered the first aid.”
He was later taken to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital where an X-ray scan was conducted on him.
Even though he did not sustain any fracture, the doctors cast his leg in Plaster of Paris because he had a sprain.
He also said that contrary to what is written on his medical report, he is 43 years old, and not 53 years old.
A visit to his home at Abule-Egba found members of his church visiting him in huge numbers to celebrate with him on his surviving the crash.
A pastor at MFM, Berkeley Parish, Mrs. Praise Onanuga, said the incident was an indication of the existence of God.
She said the victim had just bought the car eight days before the accident.
She said, “Brother Oladimeji is the leader of prophetic group and a house fellowship coordinator. He was supposed to have been at a vigil with us the night before but he begged to be excused because of the meeting he was to have on Saturday.
“He bought the car just eight days before the accident and we were supposed to do the dedication today (Sunday) but we thank God that we were not put to shame.
“We will hold a thanksgiving for him soon because this is a miracle.”