13 burnt to death, two injured in Kogi auto-crash – FRSC

The Federal Road Safety Corps said on Monday that 13 persons died while two were injured in an auto crash in Kogi State.

Samuel Oyedeji, Kogi FRSC Sector Commander, told the News agency of Nigeria the incident occurred on Sunday.

He disclosed that the accident involving a commercial Sharon bus and an articulated cement truck occurred by Obajana Market along Obajana-Lokoja Road in Lokoja Local  Government Area of Kogi State.

The sector commander said that the Sharon bus had parked behind a truck around the market for passengers to buy some things, when the cement truck lost its brake and rammed into it from behind at about 7:30pm.

Oyedeji said: “And that as soon as the truck rammed into the bus, it immediately went into flame and burnt virtually all the passengers inside it.

“Also burnt were the bus, two trucks and a motorcycle.

“The bus was reportedly heading to Abuja from the southern part of the country.

“Our personnel, who were on rescue operations with Red Cross Nigeria and police officers, couldn’t save the situation due the fierceness of the fire

“But the charred remains of the affected persons were collected while the two injured persons have been taken to Fisayo Hospital, Obajana for medical attention.”

Oyedeji expressed worry that no hospital in Kogi State agreed to take the charred bodies for keeps, which might force the authorities to give them a massive burial if no relation comes around.

The Sector Commander, who described the incident as “very sad and unfortunate”, cautioned motorists against speeding and poor maintenance of their vehicles.

According to him, motorists should always check their vehicles to ensure everything is in order before embarking on a journey to avoid road crashes.

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