Breaking: 3 burnt, others injured as diesel-laden truck fails brake, explodes in Kogi




Scene of diesel truck explosion incident

Three persons on Monday night burnt beyond recognition in an accident that occured at Felele community, a suburb in Lokoja, Kogi state capital.

Two other persons also sustained injuries in the accident involving a truck loaded with diesel.

An eye witnessed revealed that the accident occured at about 10 pm on Monday night.

According to the eye witness, a truck carrying diesel, two trailers carrying containers heading to Abuja axis and two  cars were involved in the unfortunate accident.

He further disclosed that the truck which was heading to Abuja axis with diesel lost control around living faith church after Felele NNPC filling station in Lokoja as a result of brake failure, then rammed into the middle of two trailers carrying containers and then fell down and exploded.

The Kogi Sector Commander, Federal Road Safely Corps (FRSC), Stephen Dawulung, who visited the scene told  newsmen that a Dyna pick-up van that was parked by the road side and two other cars were also affected by the fire.

He called on drivers of articulated vehicles especially those carrying flammable substances to always be cautious and drive within the regulated speed limit and also maintain all vehicle safety protocols like the use of safety valves to prevent spillages of content in the event of crash. 

He noted that the two persons that were injured have been rush to Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Lokoja for treatment.

The sector commander called on the federal government to put more bumps on that road in order to slowdown vehicles’ speed at all time.

The highway has witnessed fatal accidents in recent past, a development that prompted the federal government to construct bumps at the intervals of the road to reduce such an unfortunate incident and the attendant loss of lives and property.

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