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19 Burnt To Death In Kogi Road Accident

At least 19 people were burnt to death and one injured in a car accident on the Okene Bypass of the Okene-Lokoja Highway in Kogi State on Sunday, April 28.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Public Education Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal, Jonas Agwu said the incident involved a truck and a Toyota Hiace bus.

He added that it took three hours for FRSC officers to rescue two survivours of the incident after battling through the accompanying flames.

He added that the Toyota bus was travelling from Kano and was in its lane when the truck driver from Port Harcourt incorrectly overtook a vehicle and hit head-on with it.

“The impact of the collision resulted in an inferno that burnt the victims to death. The crash, which was caused by route violation and wrongful overtaking, involved 22 persons, all male.

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“Unfortunately, 19 people out of the 22 victims were killed and 1 injured. The remaining 2 victims who were rescued by FRSC operatives without injuries survived the crash because they complied with traffic regulations on the compulsory use of seatbelts.

“Corpses retrieved from the crash were deposited at Okene General Hospital,’’ Agwu stated.

Agwu stated that the driver of the truck would be prosecuted in compliance with orders issued earlier by the Corps Marshal, Alhaji Dauda Ali-Biu.

Ali-Biu has previously urged the judiciary, transport union leaders, and other key stakeholders to work with the FRSC to restore sanity to Nigerian roads through prompt and successful prosecution.

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