16 persons were burnt to death in a fatal road accident along Lokoja-Abaji Expressway in Kogi state on Sunday. Only one person survived.
The accident involved a commercial bus and a Sports Utility Vehicle, SUV.
Reports have it that the accident was caused by negligence on the driver’s part in violating traffic rules and over-speeding.
The commercial bus, a Toyota Hiace, was heading towards Kano while the SUV was heading to Benin, the Edo State capital when they both collided.
The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Kogi State, Mr. Ugboma Ugochukwu, who confirmed the accident, said the victims were buried at the accident scene.
According to him, the only survivor who sustained minor injuries has been discharged from the hospital.
His words “The accident happened around 6.30am on Friday at Alewu village, along the Lokoja-Abaji Expressway. It involved a fully-loaded commercial bus which was coming from Lagos and heading towards Kano State and SUV, which was coming from Abuja and heading towards Benin.
“The two vehicles had a head-on collision, which was caused by one of the vehicles that was driving against the traffic. Speeding was also responsible for the accident, but it was primarily caused by violation of traffic rules. The accident led to an explosion, which resulted in the death of 16 of the passengers. They were burnt beyond recognition and were buried in the village.
He also said “The lone survivor was rushed to a hospital in Koto-Karfi, where he was treated and discharged”.
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