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19 Die ,1 Injured In Okene Road Accident, Says FRSC

Lucky Obukohwo, Reporting

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that 19 persons have died in a road accident that involved a Dangote Truck with registration number: NSH680YJ, and a Toyota Hiace Bus, with registration number: KMC455ZE in Okene-Lokoja highway, Kogi State, on Sunday.

The FRSC said that they were 22 persons that were trapped in that unfortunate incident adding that 19 of the passengers died, one sustained injury and the other two persons were unhurt.

FRSC Public Education Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal Jonas Agwu, in a statement, said the incident was caused by route violation popularly known as ‘one way’ and wrongful overtaking.

He narrated that the Toyota Hiace bus loaded from Kano was on its lane on the highway when the Dangote Truck driver who drove all the way from Port Harcourt wrongfully overtook a vehicle and collided head-on with the bus, stressing that the impact of the collision resulted in a fire outbreak that burnt the victims to death.

Agwu said that the Corps Emergency Rescue Teams endured over 3 hours of inferno in their bid to rescue the victims.

“The crash which was caused by route violation ‘One Way’ and wrongful overtaking, involved 22 people all male.

“Unfortunately, 19 people out of the 22 victims,were killed and one person was injured. The remaining two victims who got rescued by the FRSC operatives without injuries survived the crash because they complied with traffic regulations on compulsory use of seatbelt.

“The FRSC emergency rescue teams deployed to rescue the victims could not achieve desired results as the efforts they put into the rescue operations was unduly hindered by the fire that took over the two vehicles,” Agwu said.

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