Kogi Tanker Fire: Death Toll Rises To 13
The death toll in the tanker fire incident in Kogi State has risen to 13.
The new figure in the accident that occurred in Friday was given by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Saturday.
A commercial bus had collided with a tanker at Felele area of Lokoja and 10 deaths were recorded. But authorities said some injured persons were in critical condition.
The state FRSC Sector Commander, Mr Olusegun Martins, told reporters in Lokoja that 3 other victims later passed on.
Burnt Beyond Recognition
He said that a staff of the Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja was one of them.
The relations of dead victims have started identifying them but said that six of them were burnt beyond recognition.
According to him, 8 other injured victims of the accident are still receiving treatment at the intensive care units of the Federal Medical Centre and the State Specialist Hospital, Lokoja.
He said investigation into the cause of the accident has begun.
The accident occurred as a result of a head-on collision involving a bus and tanker laden with 33,000 litres of petrol.
Eyewitnesses said that the collision ignited a fire which engulfed the two vehicles and a commercial tricycle.
Most of the victims were occupants of the 18-seater bus believed to be owned by Delta Line.
The bus was coming from the Abuja end of the road while the tanker was coming from the Okene axis.