The Federal Road Safety Corps has confirmed one person dead and two others injured on Thursday when an articulated vehicle crashed and went into flame in Kogi State.
Stephen Dawulung, Kogi FRSC Sector Commander, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lokoja.
He described the incident, which involved nine persons, as “very unfortunate.”
Dawulung said that the two injured persons were evacuated by FRSC personnel to Honey Cold Hospital for medical attention, while the corpse of a motorcycle operator crushed by the truck was handed over to his family.
He said: “The incident, which occurred at exactly 12:40pm of Thursday left the truck, a car and three motorcycles burnt.
“The high speed with which the truck driver came with was the main cause of the multiple incidents, which first started with the crushing of one okada rider carrying a passenger.
“As he couldn’t control the truck, he went ahead and crushed two other okada men before crossing to the opposite direction, where he crashed into a car, which bursted into flame immediately.
“Unfortunately the truck that was fully loaded with Fertilizer caught fire also, burning the goods and the motorcycles involved in the crashes.”
The Sector Command appealed to motorists to avoid speeding and carelessness while on the highway.
Dawulung said the truck driver should have known that he was already in Lokoja and ought to have slowed down to avoid accident.
“This is the reason why as a corps, we penalise traffic offenders to serve as deterrent to other motorists,” he said.