14 Die in Kogi Ghastly Auto Crash
By Ibrahim Oyewale
Fourteen passengers, including five children, lost their lives in a ghastly motor accident which occurred along Anyingba -Ajaokuta road in Kogi State on Thursday.
The State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Solomon Aghure confirmed this to newsmen on telephone in Lokoja yesterday.
Aghure explained that three vehicles; two trucks and a passenger bus were involved in the accident which happened in the evening of Thursday.
He said that the three vehicles were travelling on the same lane towards Anyingba when a truck suddenly hit the bus from behind and as a result of the impact, the bus hit the truck in its front.
FRSC boss noted that the bus was trapped between the two trucks with all the passengers, before his men arrived the scene to carry out rescue operation which lasted for hours.
He, however, lamented that 14 out of the 23 persons involved in the accident died on the spot while nine others sustained various degrees of injury.
He stated that those who died included three female children, two male children, eight women and a man.
The Sector Commander further explained that three men, one woman and five children, comprising two male children and three female children were lucky as they survived the accident with some injuries.
He said that those who received various degrees of injuries were taken to Holley Memorial Hospital, Ochadamu for treatment, while corpses of the dead were deposited at the morgue of Grimard Hospital, Anyingba.
Aghure pointed out that the accident occurred as a result of brake failure but said further investigation would be carried out to determine its actual cause.