No fewer than five people died and three others were injured in an auto-crash that occurred in Kogi on Sunday, according to Mr. Stephen Dawulung, Kogi Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
The car accident happened at Ogbagbo junction along the Ejule-Ochadamu road at around 12.47 p.m., according to Dawulung, who called the incident “very unfortunate.” A Nissan and a Mazda collided in the accident.
The Nissan vehicle had veered off its lane and struck the Mazda 323 vehicle when it had lost control while attempting to avoid a pothole, according to the sector commander.
“Unfortunately, four people involved in the fatal accident died instantly while four sustained serious injuries.”
“Our personnel, who rushed to the scene after a distress call, rescued the four injured and rushed them to Enemona Hospital, Ejule in the Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi, where the fifth person died while receiving medical treatment.”
“The corpses of the five dead passengers have been deposited at the morgue of the same Enemona Hospital, Ejule.
“The obstructions resulting from the crash were immediately cleared from the road by our officers to allow the free flow of traffic,” he said.
The FRSC Commander said that the cause of the crash was over speeding and bad road.
He advised motorists to maintain strict adherence to stipulated speed limits and the use of common sense speed limits by slowing down in built-up areas and bad portions of the road.
While condoling the families of the victims, Dawulung called on the Federal Government to look into means of repairing the highways, most of which he said were riddled with potholes.