A road accident at Irepeni village along Zariagi-Okene road in Kogi State claimed two lives and left 12 others with serious injuries.
The accident, which occurred on Sunday, involved a Toyota Hiace bus conveying 18 persons and a driver.
The Kogi State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Mr Stephen Dawulung, who confirmed this, in a statement on Sunday, said the accident which happened at 3:30 am, on Sunday, was caused by overspeeding.
The vehicle reportedly somersaulted several times after one of its tyres burst.
According to him, the injured victims were taken to the hospital for treatment, while relatives of the deceased had already claimed the corpses for burial.
“The injured have already been conveyed to Kekere Hospital, Kabba Junction, Zariagi, by our personnel who carried out the rescue operation,” he confirmed.
The sector commander sympathized with the families of the victims and urged drivers to avoid night journeys, speed, and use of worn-out or expired tyres, just as he also charged motorists to always observe 40 minutes rest after every four hours drive, to ward off fatigue and drowsiness.
Dawulung thanked the military for the security cover provided to FRSC personnel that conducted the rescue operation, even as he solicited more synergy with all security agencies to save lives on highways.