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Kogi: Cement trucks crush passenger bus, 5 children, 9 others killed

Peoples Gazette could not immediately confirm if the trucks belonged to Dangote Cement.

• January 15, 2021
Federal Road Safety Corps on duty
Federal Road Safety Corps on duty.

The Federal Road Safety Corps on Friday confirmed that 14 people, including five children lost their lives in a ghastly motor accident, which occurred on Anyingba -Ajaokuta road in Kogi State.

FRSC sector commander, Solomon Aghure, confirmed this to reporters in Lokoja on Friday.

He said three vehicles: two trucks and a passenger bus were involved in the accident, which occurred in the evening of January 14.

Mr. Aghure said the trucks belonged to a cement manufacturing company while the bus carried the inscription, Bright Mass Transit.

Peoples Gazette could not immediately confirm if the trucks belonged to  Dangote Cement, but the company, with an expansive plant in Kogi, often has its trucks plying most routes in the state with a menacing presence.

The FRSC official explained that the three vehicles were travelling on the same lane towards Anyingba when a truck suddenly hit the bus from behind and the bus as a result of the impact also hit the truck in its front.

He said the bus was trapped in between the two trucks with all the passengers before his men arrived at the scene to carry out rescue operation, which lasted for hours.

He lamented that 14 out of the 23 persons involved in the accident died on the spot, while nine others sustained various degrees of injury.

According to him, those who died included three female children, two male children, eight women and one man.

The Sector Commander further explained that three men, one woman and five children, comprising two male children and three female children were lucky as they survived the accident with some injuries.

He said the injured were taken to Holley Memorial Hospital, Ochadamu for treatment while the corpses were deposited at the morgue of Grimard Hospital, Anyingba.

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

(NAN)

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