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17 people die in accident along Lokoja-Abuja Highway

A fatal road accident which occurred at Irepeni on Okene- Lokoja–Abuja highway in Kogi State has claimed lives of seventeen people on Tuesday, and the crash involved two vehicles, a luxury bus and a Toyota Hiace.

Penpushing reports that, the Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Kogi State Command, Solomon Aghure, confirmed this sad development to journalists in Lokoja, the State Capital.

The Commander said that the accident occurred at about 5 a.m. adding that the vehicles were both conveying a total of 55 passengers to different destinations when they collided, adding that 15 passengers died on the spot while two others died in hospital, bringing the total number of casualties to 17.

“The Toyota Hiace was going to Auchi , Edo State and the luxury bus was coming from Okene axis. The luxury bus overtook a car and in the process lost control. Of course it was night, so it came and hit the smaller Toyota bus, pushing it into the bush. The vehicle somersaulted, and 15 people died on the spot and two later died in the hospital,” Aghure explained.

Penpushing further reports that, the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) boss explained that 25 other passengers who sustained varying degrees of injuries were taken to a private hospital for treatment.

The Sector Commander said corpses of the 17 were deposited at the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, adding that further investigation into the accident had commenced and urged motorists to avoid night travelling and speeding while driving.

“It is very important for motorists to obey the speed limit which is 90kph for commercial vehicles and 100kph for private vehicles,” he stated.

Penpushing also reports that, Aghure stated that, in order to reduce stress and road accident during the festive period, 522 personnel had been deployed to different routes in the state, adding that  additional personnel were also being expected from Ekiti and Kwara states to complement those on ground and advised motorists to always obey traffic rules.

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