Three persons have been burned to ashes while two others were injured on Monday night as a result of motor accident which occured along Felele-Abuja express road in Lokoja, Kogi state.
According to an eye witnessed account, the accident occured at about 10 pm on Monday night.
Traffic was at stand still due to the magnitude of the fire until after subsidence of the fire when Operatives’of FRSC conducted traffic control to clear the hold up that had built-up.
The source explained that an articulate vehicle (tanker) carrying diesel, two trailers carrying containers heading for Abuja axis and other small vehicles were involved in the accident.
It was further gathered that the tanker trailer heading for Abuja axis with diesel lost control around Living Faith Church after Felele NNPC filling station in Lokoja as a result of break failure and then rammed into the middle of two trailers carrying containers and then fell down and exploded.
Some security agents have been drafted to the scene of the accident, while officers of the Federal Road Safety Corp were at hand on Monday night to control the traffic and also evacuate the dead bodies from the scene of the accident.
Meanwhile The Kogi Sector Commander, Federal Road Safely Corps (FRSC), Mr Stephen Dawulung who visited the scene while speaking with newsmen said The Dyna PICK-UP VAN that was parked by the road side and 2 other vehicles were also affected by the fire.
He called on drivers of articulated vehicles especially those carrying flammable substances must 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 d to federal medical center Lokoja for treatment as he called on the federal government to put more bumps on that road in order to slowdown vehicles speed.
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.