No fewer than five people were killed and three others injured in a car accident that occurred in Kogi on Sunday, according to Stephen Dawulung, Kogi sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
Dawulung, who described the incident as “very unfortunate,” told the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) in Lokoja on Sunday that the car accident occurred at the Ogbagbo junction along the Ejule-Ochadamu highway at around 12 noon. :47 pm when a Nissan car collided with a Mazda car.
The sector commander explained that the Nissan car had lost control while trying to avoid a pothole by going out of its lane and colliding with the oncoming Mazda 323 car.
“Unfortunately, of the eight people involved in the fatal crash, four were killed instantly and four suffered serious injuries.
“Our staff, who rushed to the scene after a distress call, rescued the four injured and took them to Enemona Hospital, Ejule in the Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi, where the fifth person died while receiving medical treatment.
“The bodies of the five dead passengers have been deposited in the Morgue of the Enemona Hospital, Ejule.
“Our officers immediately cleared obstructions resulting from the accident to allow the free flow of traffic,” he said.
The Commander of the FRSC said that the cause of the accident was excessive speed and bad road.
He advised motorists to maintain strict adherence to posted speed limits and to use common sense speed limits when slowing down in built-up areas and bad parts of the road.
While expressing his condolences to the families of the victims, Dawulung urged the federal government to find ways to repair the roads, most of which he said were riddled with potholes.