By Richard Elesho
Lokoja – Five persons died instantly on Monday night when a truck crushed a car in Okene, Kogi State.
Four persons were also critically injured in the accident which occurred at about 7:30pm.
The truck lost control and rammed into a car , killing five people and injuring four others on the spot.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed that the accident occurred at Oro junction in the town at about 7:30pm on Monday.
Eye witnesses told our Correspondent that more people would have been killed or suffered severe injuries but for the car which served as brake, preventing the truck from getting to the people sitting down by the road leading to Ageva.
The state Sector Commander of FRSC, Stephen Dawulung in response to a correspondent’s inquiry said “Sorry I just got to see your message now. I have taken some days off but I can tell you that a crash actually occurred about 7:30pm at Oro junction, Okene where a truck had failed brake and rammed into a passenger car from the rear, resulting in the death of four persons (3male 1 female) with four others injured”.
“The corpses were taken to Okengwe General Hospital Mortuary while the injured were taken by their respective families.”
While sympathising with victims and their families, Dawulung advised fleet operators to have viable maintenance policies which should be adhered to strictly as means of ensuring routine maintenance and vehicle roadworthiness before putting such vehicles on the road. (PM News)