By Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
No fewer than 11 passengers have lost their lives while over 23 received various degree of injuries in a fatal road accident along Auchi-Okene road in Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State.
The accident occurred at check point area of Benin junction in Okene was described as tragedy in the recent times.
The crash which involved two vehicles, a trailer fully loaded with cows coming from the north and heading towards eastern part of the country and a Toyota Corolla car at a spot called sharp corner in on Monday evening.
The articulated truck marked XE 914 KTN was said to have hit the Corolla with registration number BWR 756 BJ from the back.
The truck was said to have fallen in the process following which the people on top of the coach housing the cows fell along with the cows and died.
At least six persons were said to have died on the spot of the accident, while the remaining five died either on the way to the hospital or in the hospitals.
Sources hinted that the accident must have been as a result of over-speeding by the trailer driver, who was also accused of dozing off while driving.
The sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Oluwasegun Martins, confirmed that 11 people died in the accident, while 23 were injured.
He said those wounded were taken to God’s mercy hospital, Okene, while those with critical situation were taken to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja.
The Administrator of Okehi Local Government Area, AbdulRaheem Ohiare, who was at the scene of the incident, lamented the loss of lives on the highway.
Ohiare said the level of accident along the road was high and worrisome, urging the federal government to urgently do something about the sharp bend.
The council boss noted that both sides of the road are not good and needed urgent repairs to prevent further loss of lives and properties.
He however urged motorists to observe all road safety regulations and make sure that they correct all faults on their vehicles before plying the road.