January 04, (THEWILL) – At least 15 persons have been confirmed killed and five others injured, following an auto crash along the Lokoja-Abuja highway on Tuesday.
The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), in the State, Stephen Dawulung, who confirmed the accident to newsmen in Lokoja, said a J-5 Boxer Bus and a petrol tanker were involved in the crash at Koton-Karfe, along Lokoja-Abuja highway, at 7:30 am on Tuesday.
He added that the five injured persons were rushed to Ideal Hospital at Koton-Karfe for immediate medical attention while the remains of the dead victims had been deposited at the Morgue of Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Lokoja.
The FRSC boss, who blamed the accident on a violation of traffic rules, said, “The bus driver left his lane and was driving in the opposite direction at high speed only to have a head-on collision with an oncoming petrol tanker.
“Thank God the tanker, which was laden with petroleum products did not go up in flames, which could have been more devastating and worrisome.
“The bus was carrying iron cramps with 17 passengers, 15 of which were terribly squeezed and choked to death during the collision.”