5 children, nine others killed as truck rams into passenger bus in Kogi state (photos)

Fourteen people, including 5 children lost their lives in a fatal car accident along Anyingba-Ajaokuta road in Kogi State on Thursday, January 14, 2021.

Confirming the incident in Lokoja on Friday, the State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps ( FRSC) Solomon Aghure, said 3 vehicles, 2 trucks and a passenger bus, were involved in the accident. 

Aghure said the trucks belonging to Dangote and a bus with the inscription, Bright Mass Transit, were travelling on the same lane towards Anyingba when one of the trucks suddenly hit the passenger bus from behind and the bus, as a result of the impact, also hit the truck in its front.

According to Aghure, the bus was trapped in between the 2 trucks with all the passengers before his men arrived the scene to carry out rescue operation, which lasted for hours.

He said 14 out of the 23 persons involved in the fatal accident died on the spot, while 9 others sustained various degrees of injury.

Those who lost their lives include 3 female children, 2 male children, 8 women and 1 man.

The Sector Commander further revealed that 3 men, 1 woman and 5 children, comprising 2 male children and 3 female children were lucky as they survived the accident with some injuries.

He said the injured victims were rushed to Holley Memorial Hospital, Ochadamu for treatment while the bodies of the deceased were deposited at the morgue of Grimard Hospital, Anyingba.

Aghure attributed the accident to possible break failure on the part of the truck that hit the bus from behind but said added that investigation would be carried out to determine its actual cause. 

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