The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), said 15 persons died and five others seriously injured in an auto crash that occurred in Kogi State .
It said the crash occurred when a J-5 Boxer Bus and a Petroleum Tanker had a collision at Koton-Karfe community on Lokoja-Abuja highway around 7.30am on Tuesday.
Stephen Dawulung, Kogi Stare FRSC Sector Commander, who confirmed the incident, said that the 5 injured persons were rushed to Ideal Hospital at Koton-Karfe for immediate medical attention.
Dawulung said that the corpses of the dead victims were deposited at the Morgue of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja.
The Sector Commander explained that the cause of the crash was violation of traffic rules by the bus driver, who was driving against traffic while heading to Abuja from Lokoja.
“The bus driver left his lane and was driving in the opposite direction on high speed only to have a head on collision with an on coming petroleum tanker.
“Thank God, the tanker which was laden with Petroleum product did not go up in flames, which could have been more devastating and worrisome.
“The unfortunate thing is that the bus was conveying iron cramps with 17 passengers, 15 of which were terribly squeezed and chocked to death during the collision,.
“Vehicles meant for goods should strictly carry only goods and not passengers as in this unfortunate case,” Dawulung lamented
The FRSC Commander, however, commiserated with the families of the victims and advised motorists to always adhere to traffic rules and regulations to avoid auto crash.