The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Kogi State Command, has confirmed the death of twenty-three (23) persons in a tanker explosion that occurred in the early hours of Wednesday along Felele – Nataco axis of Abuja – Lokoja road.
DAILY POST reports that the accident involved a tanker loaded with petroleum product, a school bus, cars, tricycles and motorcycles.
Confirming the incident on Wednesday afternoon, the Kogi State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr Idris Ali gave the figures of the victims to include ten adult males, six female adults, three female children and four other children burnt beyond recognition.
Mr Ali, however, said one child escaped death with injury.
The Sector Commander said ten vehicles including five cars, one taker, three tricycles and two motorcycles were involved in the accident.
He added that eleven of the corpses have already been claimed by their relatives while the rest have been deposited in the morgue at the Kogi State Specialist hospital, Lokoja.
An eyewitness account said the tanker failed break at GT Plaza at Felele and rammed into the vehicles in its front causing the fatal accident.
A whole family of six who were caught in the inferno all died before help could come their way.
Our reporter gathered that sympathizers watched helplessly as no fire fighting vehicles from the state or federal fire services came to the scene to put off the fire.