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8 killed in Lokoja Highway crash

15 March 2013, 09:09

Lokoja -  Eight persons, including a child died instantly in an accident which occurred on  the Okene-Lokoja highway on Thursday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the victims were among some some 22 passengers travelling in two commercial vehicles from opposite lanes of the road.

The accident happened at about 2:55 p.m. at a spot in Zariagi Village, near Lokoja.

The accident involved a Toyota Hiace passenger bus with registration number Abia  XB 111 KWU and a Mercedez bus with registration number Lagos  XR 106 EKY.

Some villagers who witnessed the accident told NAN that the two vehicles on high speed had head-on collision.

The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Kogi, Mr Garba Mohammed, who confirmed the accident blamed it on wrong overtaking by one of the vehicles.

He said that four male adults and three female adults were among those killed together with the male child.

Mohammed said that the corpses of the victims had been deposited at the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre in Lokoja.

According to him, five other people who sustained serious injuries in the accident are being treated in the hospital.

He said that the accident led to temporary disruption of movement of vehicles on the road, noting however, that FRSC officials had since cleared the obstacles and re-opened the road to traffic.



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