A truck with registration number WKR 496 XA has killed a University lecturer, Moses Tarnongo, his wife and three children in a ghastly accident in Benue State.
Two other persons including another University of Mkar lecturer, Joshua Leva also lost their lives in the accident. It occurred at Gbatse community along Ugbema-Adikpo road in Ushongo local government area of the state.
The University Registrar, Rev. Emmanuel Astor, who confirmed the incident in Makurdi, said Moses Tarnong died alongside his wife and three children. The two lecturers were from the department of Mass Communication.
The registrar said the victims were on transit to Adikpo, Kwande Local Government Area to see one cleric when the incident happened.
According to an eye-witness, a trailer truck rammed into a stationary Toyota with registration number MKD-300-NH, crushing the seven occupants to death.
The witness claimed that the driver of the truck was about dodging a police check-point when he rammed into the Toyota car. Reports said it took hours to bring out the bodies from the crushed vehicle.
Confirming the incident, FRSC Public Enlightenment Officer in the state, DRC Joyce Akura, said the incident occurred along Ugbemea-Adikpo road.
Akura said that the accident involved two vehicles – a truck with registration number WKR 496 XA and a Toyota with registration number MKD 300 NH, adding that 12 passengers were involved in the crash.
She explained that seven passengers died in the accident. One suffered an injury but receiving treatment now, while the remaining four escaped unhurt.
The FRSC official said the cause of the accident had yet to be ascertained. However, he said that the corps would conduct a “crash investigation’’ to determine the cause of the crash.
“Twelve passengers involved in the crash; nine were males, three females. The accident was between two vehicles. It occurred between a diesel truck with registration number WKR 496 XA and a Toyota car with registration number MKD 300 NH,’’ she said.
She said the dead bodies had already been deposited at a morgue in Ushongo.