No fewer Eight persons lost their lives in a ghastly accident involving a truck and a tricycle(Kekenapep) in Elete, Ajaokuta-Lokoja road of Kogi State on Thursday evening
Eyewitness account revealed that the truck lost control and rammed into a tricycle, killing some passengers on board on the spot, most of whom were females.
Confirming the incident on Friday, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Steven Daolu described the incident as unfortunate, adding that his men immediately went to the scene to rescue some of the victims.
According to him, six people died instantly while two were confirmed dead Friday morning.
He explained that preliminary investigation showed that the truck was carrying stones while some passengers were sitting on top of the vehicle before it lost control.
Daolu maintained that when the truck fell, the stone it was carrying fell and covered the people it carried, thereby, killing some of them and injuring others.
He warned truck drivers and motorists to avoid speeding, stressing that driving at night should always 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, the truck involved in the accident is supposed to carry only goods.
“But unfortunately, 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 passengers in the truck.
“However, the command is carrying out its investigation to know the actual cause of the accident,” he said.