By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
A least 25 people have lost their lives in a fatal accident that occurred Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.
It was learnt that the accident occurred when a tanker conveying Petrol collided with an eighteen seater bus coming from the North.
The ugly incident which occurred at Felele along Okene- Abuja -Lokoja expressway at about 1:30pm on Friday as residents of the area scampering for safety when the tanker exploded
Eye witness explained the State Fire Services when arrived at the scene at about 2:20pm to salvage the situation, but incidentally they could only help for a few minutes as their water got finished while fighting the ranging fire.
It was gathered that several charred bodies of the victims were seen at the scene of the incident and could not be identied.
Also consumed in the angry inferno were about 10 cars parked by the road side as sympathizers watching helplessly expressed shock and blamed the bad nature of the road for the accident.
An eyewitness, Bawasa Ibrahim told newsmen that two tricycle operators popularly called Keke napep were equally burnt in the accident.
“The tanker and the eighteen seater bus were trying to overtake each other. But unfortunately, the tanker lost balance and it fell on the bus.
“We have been complaining to the government to fix this road. Now you can see how many lives that have been lost. No fewer than 25 burnt bodies can be seen here,” Ibrahim added.
Another eyewitness, Haruna Sadiq who sympathize with families of those who lost their lives said they have been calling the fire authority for more 20 minute but they claimed there was no fuel in their vehicle.
“I am really disappointed with our firemen. We have been calling them that people are dying here, but all we could hear is that they don’t have fuel. What a shame,” He lamented.
He, however, appealed to the government to do the needful, stating that a similar accident happened in this same spot where lives were also lost.
However The Federal Road Safety Corps, Kogi State command has confirmed the accident, stated that only ten people lost their lives in the accident.
The Commandant stated that the remains of the victims have deposited at mortuary, while those who have received degrees of injuries have taken to Federal Medical Centre in Lokoja for treatment.