Eight people died and five others were injured when a truck lost control and crashed into a ditch on a busy road in Nigeria’s central state of Kogi, the country’s traffic police said on Friday.
The incident occurred on late Thursday along the Lokoja-Ajaokuta road in the state as the driver of the rock-laden truck lost control of the vehicle while at a high speed, said Steve Dawulung, a sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kogi, while briefing reporters on the crash in Lokoja, the state’s capital.
Dawulung said seven people died on the spot, and the eighth person died later at a government hospital in Lokoja.
The official said there are currently five injured, including the driver, responding to treatment at the same hospital.
According to him, some of the victims were sitting atop the rocks which rolled over them as the truck toppled.
The FRSC official said an investigation has been launched into the incident.
Deadly road accidents are frequently reported in Nigeria, often caused by overloading, bad road conditions, and reckless driving.