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6 Die Over Three Trucks Head-on Collision In Niger

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Six persons have died as three trucks collided and burst into flames in Kutigi town, Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State.

Four persons were burnt to death in the inferno, it was gathered.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed the incident, which happened on Monday on the Kutigi-Mokwa Road.

The FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Mr Joel Dagwa, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna, the state capital, on Tuesday that the accident occurred at about 8.45 p.m. 

He also confirmed the death of six persons in the crash.

According to Dagwa, the accident involved three articulated vehicles, including a tanker loaded with diesel from Lagos heading north, a truck conveying a container loaded with goods and suspected to be having over 200 passengers from the North going to Lagos, and another trailer.

He said that the plate numbers of the vehicles were not visible because they were burnt. He explained that a petrol tanker collided with two other trucks loaded with grains and scores of passengers heading to Lagos and a container truck.

“The three articulated vehicles caught fire and combustible products ignited and burnt the three trucks to ashes.

“The raging inferno engulfed several shops and houses in the neighbourhood, while passengers with various degrees of injuries were taken to hospital for treatment.

“All the four bodies have been deposited at Kutigi General Hospital’s morgue,” he said.

The sector commander attributed the accident to brake failure, loss of control, speed violation and failed roads.

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