Disaster struck in Kotonkarfe Community on Lokoja-Abuja Highway when a truck lost control, and plunged into a river cutting the lives of seven persons short.
The fatal incident was confirmed by the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kogi state, Mr. Emmanuel Abe.
Speaking on how the incident occurred, the Commander said that the truck plunged into a river known as Enyogi river, which originates from the river Niger, at about 5am. He revealed that a total number of 37 persons were involved in the accident. Many of them sustained severe injuries while 7 of them didn't survive it.
The authorities rushed to the scene but 7 had already died
All victims of the accident were rushed to the Kogi State Specialist Hospital and the Federal Medical Center both situated in the capital city of the state Lokoja.
In addressing the cause of the accident, Mr. Abe said it was due to over-speeding. He made an appeal to motorists to adhere to the recommended speed limit while driving so as to prevent such casualties.
Over-speeding is a major cause of accidents in Nigeria. Often times, drivers are in a hurry to arrive at their destination. They throw caution to the wind, and drive like they are competing in a car race.
People gathered surrounding the accident spot during the rescue
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) is constantly carrying out campaigns against this deadly habit. But unfortunately, many people don't seem to care as they continue to speed away. Sometimes, the casualties are innocent citizens who are minding their business as in this case.
We at Naijauto always emphasize on on safe driving. It’s better to arrive at your destination late than to never arrive. Part of safe driving includes defensive driving. You need to be at alert, monitoring movements of other cars around you. If anything goes wrong, you can dodge to prevent getting hurt.
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