14 Killed, 13 Injured in Tragic Bus Collision in Kogi State, Nigeria

Tragic head-on collision in Nigeria claims 14 lives, injures 13 others, highlighting urgent need for improved road infrastructure and safer driving practices.

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Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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14 Killed, 13 Injured in Tragic Bus Collision  in Kogi State, Nigeria

14 Killed, 13 Injured in Tragic Bus Collision in Kogi State, Nigeria

A devastating head-on collision between a Toyota Sienna bus and a Toyota Hiace bus in Aloma, Kogi State, Nigeria, claimed the lives of 14 people and left 13 others injured. The accident occurred when the Hiace bus, heading to the southern part of the country, collided with the Sienna bus traveling from Port Harcourt to Abuja.

Eyewitnesses reported that the Hiace bus immediately caught fire upon impact, tragically killing 13 passengers, including the driver. "The bus was completely engulfed in flames, and all the occupants were burned beyond recognition," said one witness at the scene. One of the four survivors from the Hiace bus later succumbed to their injuries at the hospital, raising the total death toll to 14.

The 10 occupants of the Sienna bus sustained serious injuries but survived the crash. Villagers quickly responded to the scene and were able to stop the Sienna bus from catching fire, likely saving the lives of those passengers. "If not for the timely intervention of the villagers, the casualty figure would have been much higher," noted another eyewitness.

Excessive speed and road potholes near a bend close to the Government Science Secondary School were cited as contributing factors to the tragic accident. It took rescuers three hours to extricate the driver of the Sienna bus, whose legs were badly damaged in the crash.

Why this matters: This heartbreaking incident highlights the urgent need for improved road infrastructure and safer driving practices in Nigeria. The loss of 14 lives and the injuries sustained by 13 others serve as a grim reminder of the tragic consequences of road accidents, which continue to claim countless lives in the country each year.

The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kogi State, Samuel Oyedeji, verified the incident and the casualty figures. He stated that he is awaiting a detailed report from the unit commander in the region. The identities of the victims have not yet been released, as authorities work to notify their families. The injured passengers are currently receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.

Key Takeaways

  • 14 killed, 13 injured in head-on collision between buses in Kogi, Nigeria
  • Hiace bus caught fire, killing 13 passengers; 1 more died later at hospital
  • Sienna bus passengers sustained injuries but were saved by villagers
  • Excessive speed and road potholes cited as contributing factors
  • Incident highlights need for improved infrastructure and safer driving in Nigeria