By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
At least 14 passengers have lost their lives in a ghastly road crash that occurred along Lokoja -Obajana -Kabba road on Wednesday.
The accident that involved a commercial bus suspected to be heading to Abuja and an articulated truck at Apata in Lokoja local government killed passengers who were returning Christmas and new year holiday.
Source said the passenger bus collided with the trailer as a result of overspeeding on the highway.
Meanwhile, the State Governor and people of Kogi State have expressed deep sympathy over the passengers death.
This was contained in a statement issued by the State Commissioner for information and Communication Kingsely Fanwo copy of which was made available to newsmen on Wednesday.
The statement reads, “The Governor, Government and people of Kogi State express deep sympathy over the demise of 14 passengers of a bus involved in a ghastly accident at Old Akpata, along Lokoja-Obajana Road today.
“Preliminary reports showed that the accident involved a bus and a truck conveying cement from Obajana.
“Men of the Federal Road Safety Corps have been alerted and bodies of the deceased have been evacuated from the scene of the accident.
“It is indeed, a sad occurrence and a shame that we lost such promising souls in such a pathetic circumstance.
“As a Government, we will strengthen our road safety measures to ensure that avoidable losses of lives are averted.
“We also call on the FRSC to intensify its surveillance along the roads and ensure that road users obey traffic laws as well as ensure that only roadworthy vehicles ply our roads. Every life is precious.
“The Kogi State Government expresses deep shock over this irreparable loss of lives as we pray that God grants families of the deceased the fortitude to bear their losses.”