No Fewer Than 14 Persons Died In Auto Crash In Kogi

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At Least, 14 persons were reported dead in a Kogi auto accident which occurred on Lokoja- Kabba road in the state.

Kogi state Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Solomon Aghure, who confirmed this to the Newsmen in Lokoja said that three vehicles were involved in the accident.

Aghure listed them to include a DAF truck with number plate  Gombe GME 44 ZU, Honda Accord with registration number Abuja GWA173KH and a white Toyota Hiace passenger bus with registration number Kano KTV 378 XF.

The sector commander, who said that the accident happened around 12:50 p.m at Apata community, explained that it involved 26 passengers made up of nine male, 13 females and four children.

According to him, eleven women and three men died on the spot while three others including two men and a woman sustained various injuries adding that all the four children involved in the crash were also among the survivors

He said that the injured were taken to the hospital for treatment with the assistance of other security agencies while corpses were deposited at the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja.

The sector commander, who blamed the accident on tyre burst and reckless driving, said that FRSC would carry further investigation to get more facts about it.

Meanwhile, the Governor, Government and people of Kogi State expressed deep sympathy over the demise of 14 passengers of a bus involved in a ghastly accident at Old Akpata, along Lokoja-Obajana Road.

In a Press statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo
desrcibed the incident as a sad occurrence and a shame that we loss such promising souls in such a pathetic circumstance.

“As a Government, we will strengthen our road safety measures to ensure that avoidable loss of lives are averted.”

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