From Ahmad Ibrahim
Eight persons lost their lives while seven others sustained various degree of injuries yesterday morning as a trailer loaded with petrol rammed into some vehicles following a brake failure.
The ghastly auto crash which occurred at Felele community, a suburb of the state capital, along Lokoja -Abuja highway involved four tricycles, two motorcycles, three cars and a bus.
An eye witness, Moses Johnson told our reporter that the ghastly auto crash occurred around 8:45 am , adding that the trailer was coming from Lagos with petrol when it lost control as a result of brake failure leading to the killing of innocent citizens.
Our correspondent who went to the scene of the accident saw the trailer burning in flames while men of the federal fire service drafted to Lokoja for the governorship election were making concerted effort to put off the fire that has virtually taken over one lane of the highway.
The Federal Road Safety Corps were also on ground to evacuate corpses and other victims of the accident that sustained various degrees of injuries.
One of the road safety officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, attributed the accident to brake failure suffered by the white colour petrol laden tanker with registration number JEG141XA DAF, disclosing that 17 people were involved in the accident
He equally revealed that the victims have been taken to Federal Medical Central and Specialist Hospital both in Lokoja for medical attention.