No fewer than five passengers have died after their car plunged into Omi River in Yagba West, Local Government Area of Kogi State.
ebirareporters.com gathered that the incident happened on Friday around 4:30PM.
It was further learnt that the deceased victims were coming from a burial ceremony in Oga, a small community and heading back to Lokoja before the ugly incident occurred.
Further findings revealed that several lives have been lost on the same spot due to the government’s neglect and failure to construct a rail guard by the bridge.
Yagba West Local Government Chairman, Hon. Pius Kolawole has also confirmed the incident.
Kolawole, who explained that the accident was caused by overspeeding, said the bodies have been deposited in the morgue.
Explaining how the incident happened, Kolawole said
“There is a big dam. So, in that dam, they now created a canal that was meant for irrigation. If you are coming from that area, especially when you are going to Lokoja, it is very short for us to pass through.
“The road is very narrow and beside the canal. So, the victims were coming from Oda and they decided to pass through the canal road. On that road, there is a sharp corner. From what we gathered, the driver was speeding, he lost control and plunged into the river. All the five persons in the vehicle lost their lives”.
All efforts to speak with the Kogi State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC), Steven Dawulung to confirm the incident proved abortive as at the time of filing this report.
Dawulung failed to speak or respond to text messages sent to his phone lines.