The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Kogi Command has reported that a crash on Saturday on the Okene-Ogori road resulted in six fatalities and 25 injuries of varying severity.
The Sector Commander, Mr. Stephen Dawulung, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lokoja on Sunday that there had been only one accident and that it involved an articulated truck carrying 45 people and cows.
The sector commander reported that some of the cows perished in the tragedy, which happened at about noon.
According to Dawulung, Ageva General Hospital in Okene, Ajunko Clinic and Maternity in Ibilo, and Ogbagidi General Hospital in Okene were all visited by the accident victims.
“Our officers and men responded quickly to the accident that involved an IVECO trailer hauling cows and 45 people down south along the Okene-Ogori route in Kogi. The tragedy happened near a cemetery just a few kilometers from Ogori Magongo.
“Our officers acted quickly to rescue the injured, transporting them to four separate medical facilities for treatment along with military, police, and other rescuers.
The Ageva General Hospital, Okene’s morgue has also received the dead’s corpses, he added.
According to Dawulung, the accident was brought on by the inability to manage the speed at “a tight bend.”
The event, which the sector commander called “sad and tragic,” was addressed by the command, which vowed to continue carrying out enforcement and awareness campaigns against excessive speed, overloading, and mixed loading.
He defined mixed loading as the loading of cargo and people into trucks and other vehicles intended to transport solely cargo.
In order to prevent such incidents, he recommended drivers to always show a high level of discipline when adhering to traffic laws. (NAN)