21st November, 2022
By Richard Elesho
Tragedy hits Okene, a commercial town in Kogi State on Monday as an articulated vehicle lost control and rammed into a car, killing five people and injuring four others.
The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, confirmed that the accident occurred at Oro junction in the town at about 7:30pm on Monday.
Eye witness account told our Correspondent that more people would have been killed or suffer severe injuries, but for the car which served as brake preventing it for getting to the people sitting down the road leading to Ageva.
Steve Dawulong, Kogi state sector commander of FRSC, Steve Dawulong, in response to journalists’ inquiry said, “I can tell you that a crash actually occurred about 730pm at Oro junction, Okene where a truck brake failed brake and the truck rammed into a passenger car from the rear resulting to the death of four persons (3males 1female) with four others injured”.
“The corpses were taken to Okengwe General Hospital mortuary, while the injured were taken by their respective families” he said in response to inquiry about the accident.
While sympathizing with victims and their families, Dawulong advised fleet operators to have viable maintenance policies which should be adhered to strictly as means of ensuring routine maintenance and Vehicle road worthiness before putting such vehicles on the road.