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April 22, 2024

14 die, 13 injured in Kogi auto crash

14 die, 13 injured in Kogi auto crash

At least 14 persons died in a head-on collision involving two Toyota buses on Sunday in Kogi.

Thirteen persons survived the accident that occurred at Aloma community in Ofu Local Government Area of the state, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

An eyewitness told NAN that the accident involved a Toyota Sienna bus heading toward Abuja from Port Harcourt and a Toyota Hiace bus heading to the southern part of the country.

“Thirteen persons, including the driver of the Hiace bus, were completely roasted by the fire that engulfed the bus immediately after the head-on coalition.

“One of the four surviving persons in the bus died in hospital from burns suffered, bringing the number to 14 that died,’’ he said.

According to him, none of the 10 occupants of the Sienna bus died.

“But they were badly wounded and are receiving treatment in a hospital,” he added.

He commended the villagers who quickly came to the scene of the accident and rescued the injured.

“It is because of their timely intervention that the Sienna bus did not get burnt as well,’’ he said.

The eyewitness blamed the accident on speeding and potholes on the road and added that it took rescuers three hours to remove the driver of the Sienna bus, whose two legs were badly damaged.

Contacted, the Kogi Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr Samuel Oyedeji, confirmed the accident. (NAN)