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Death toll in petrol tankeraccident rises to 13

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The Federal Road Safety Corps ( FRSC) on

Saturday said the death toll in the Friday

petrol tanker accident in Felele area of

Lokoja, has risen to 13.

The state FRSC Sector Commander , Mr

Olusegun Martins told newsmen in Lokoja that

three other victims died Friday night.

He said that a staff of the Kogi state

Polytechnic , Lokoja was one of them.

He said the relations of dead victims have

started identifying them but said that six of

them were burnt beyond recognition.

According to him, eight 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 that investigation into the cause of the

accident was underway.

NAN reports that 10 people lost their live

instantly in the accident which occurred at

about 1:45 pm on Friday, at Felele area of

Lokoja.

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 end.

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