8 Die in Kogi Road Crash

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No fewer than eight persons have been killed in a fatal accident that happened in Elete, along Ajaokuta-Lokoja road in Kogi State.

The accident which occurred at about 5pm on Thursday involved a truck carrying crushed stones.

The state Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Steven Daolu while confirming the accident said seven of the victims died on the spot while one died later in the hospital.

He said the women , believed to be labourers were sitting on top of the stones the truck was carrying when it suddenly lost control and crashed.

“The truck driver carried stones and human beings on top of his truck. When he lost control and stumbled, the stones and the truck fell on top of the passengers.

“This actually cost the death of the passengers in the truck,” he said.

The Sector Commander said his men quickly rushed to the scene to rescue six other women trapped under stones.

Daolu said the injured were taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja for treatment while corpses of the women were also deposited in the morgue of the same hospital.

He cautioned drivers to always avoid over speeding , stressing that driving at night should also be discouraged.

“There is ongoing road construction in the state; therefore, it is important for motorists to be cautious of the way they drive to avoid accidents,” he said.

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