In Kogi State’s Ankpa Local Government Area, a fuel-laden truck lost control and landed on a bridge over the Maboro River, killing more than 20 people by burning them to death.
Stephen Dawulung, Sector Commander of the Kogi State Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), who confirmed the accident, stated that the accident took place on Wednesday at around 3.30 p.m.
Although the exact number of casualties has not yet been determined, Dawulung stated that witnesses claim there were more than 20 people who perished in the blaze and that other vehicles were also destroyed.
“My boys are there, putting the pieces together. We don’t know the number of dead yet. A tanker, two buses and two motorcycles were involved,” Dawulung told newsmen.
Many other individuals were reportedly crushed to death when the tanker lost control, according to an eyewitness who asked that his identity not be used.
“Nobody knows the number of dead people now. Many People were in the river doing one thing or the other when the tanker lost control, fell and exploded on the bridge. It’s horrible. The most gory scene I have seen in my life.
“This is the second major disaster in Ankpa within this month. This one is the most horrible. Over 20 persons were burnt to death, some beyond recognition,” he said.