17 killed in Kogi auto crash - Yultide
Tiamiyu Saheed Oluwatosin
Seventeen persons have been killed in a fatal motor accident that occurred in Irepene Abuja/Lokoja highway in Kogi State.
The incident happened at about 5:00 hours on Tuesday.
It was reliably gathered that the accident was between a Toyota Hiace bus and a luxury bus which had passengers heading towards the South South and the northern flank of the country.
Press further learnt that, 15 persons died on spot of the incident while other passengers who sustained degrees of injuries were rushed to the hospital.
Unfortunately, two passengers who were rushed to the hospital later died.
The Kogi State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corp, (FRSC), Solomon Agure confirmed the incident to our correspondent on Tuesday.
Agure said “The Toyota Hiase was going down to Auchi Edo State and the Luxury bus was coming from Okene axis. The Luxury bus overtook a car and lost control. Of course, it was night, so he 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”.
He, in spite of that, advised motorists to reduce their speed, avoid night travels and always plan their journey, stressing that, while travelling, they should avoid dangerous overtaking.
“It is very important for motorists to obey the speed limit which is 90 with commercial vehicles and 100 with private vehicles,” he stated.
Agure said the command had deployed no fewer than 522 personnel to ensure free flow of traffic during this yuletide season.
The sector commander further hinted that more officers are expected from neighboring Ekiti and Kwara State to support the command for a hitch free Christmas celebration.
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