…As Cocoa House elevator crash kills 1, injures 3***
Fourteen people on Wednesday lost their lives in a ghastly motor accident that occurred on Lokoja- Kabba road in Kogi.
The State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Solomon Aghure, who confirmed this to the newsmen in Lokoja said that three vehicles were involved in the accident.
Aghure listed them to include a DAF truck with number plate Gombe GME 44 ZU, Honda Accord with registration number Abuja GWA173KH and a white Toyota Hiace passenger bus with registration number Kano KTV378XF.
The sector commander, who said that the accident happened around 12:50 p.m at Apata community, explained that it involved 26 passengers made up of nine male, 13 females and four children.
According to him, 11 women and three men died on the spot while three others including two men and a woman sustained various injuries.
Aghure said all the four children involved in the crash were also among the survivors.
He said that the injured were taken to the hospital for treatment with the assistance of other security agencies while corpses were deposited at the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja.
The sector commander, who blamed the accident on tyre burst and reckless driving, said that FRSC would carry further investigation to get more facts about it.
In the meantime, one person died, three others injured as Cocoa House elevator suffered mechanical failure and crashed while some technicians were working on it on Wednesday in Ibadan.
The newsmen gathered that the faulty elevator of the 25 storeys building collapsed on Wednesday while four technicians were working to restore it.
Also, it was reported that two of the injured persons who broke limbs and one other who broke leg during the accident were taken to the hospital for medical attention.
Mr Victor Ayetoro, Head, Corporate Affairs, Odua Investment Company Limited, owner of the building, confirmed the incident in a statement on Wednesday.
Ayetoro said the incident happened around 11 a.m. when the team from contractor handling the installation of a new lift was dismantling the old one.
He said that the installation, however, suffered a mechanical failure which resulted in the lift car dropping and crashing into the basement pit.
“Unfortunately, one of the technicians in the team did not survive the incident.
“Three other technicians suffered minor injuries and have been taken to the hospital for treatment,” he said.
Ayetoro said the company’s management had been informed and their representatives had taken charge of the situation.
According to him, the incident has also been reported to the Police.