20 dead, 36 injured in Kogi bus crashes


FILE PHOTO: FRSC operatives at the scene of an accident

By Thompson Yamput

The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC has said accidents involving commercial Toyota Hiace buses claimed 20 lives while 36 others were injured in Kogi State in the past two weeks.

The crashes were due over speeding, overloading and poor vehicle maintenance culture by motorists, according to Corps Commander Samuel Oyedeji, Kogi Sector Commander, FRSC.

He added that the fatalities were from three separate accidents.

Oyedeji described the fatalities within just two weeks as very worrisome and unfortunate, considering the efforts of the corps to reduce road crashes on highways.

The sector commander explained that the most worrisome was the accident of Sept. 3 that left 12 killed and six injured, when an 18 seater Toyota Hiace bus collided with a Howo Sono Truck along Obajana – Lokoja road.

“The dead victims were given mass burial at the Central Mosque Obajana, while the injured were taken to First Nation Orthopedic Hospital Zariagi for medical attention.

“The property of the victims and the vehicle are in custody of Police (MTD) at Obajana Police Division.

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“On Sept 10, we had a lone accident involving a Toyota Hiace bus, which left five persons dead and 15 injured at Zango, close to Chukwumereje Roundabout within Lokoja metropolis.

“Just on Sept. 13, three persons lost their lives again while 15 were injured at Omoko village along Abujai-Lokoja road where another Toyota Hiace bus lost control and crashed at around 10:30 a.m.,” he said.

The FRSC Commander said that joint rescue patrol teams of Abaji, Zebra 16 Abaji and Zebra 13 Gegu, were at Wednesday’s accident scene and rescued the 15 injured victims.

According to him, the injured were rushed to General Hospital, Abaji and Ayaura Comprehensive Hospital, Abaji,

He said that the three corpses were deposited at the mortuary of Abaji General Hospital.

Oyedeji, called for caution to stop the carnage and save the lives of innocent citizens.

He further advised motorists to stop night journeys and ensure strict adherence to traffic rules and regulations, to avoid unnecessary road crashes on highways. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Edited by Idris Abdulrahman

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