No fewer than eight persons yesterday morning lost their lives while seven sustained various degrees of injury when the brake of a trailer laden with petrol failed and it rammed into vehicles.
The mishap, which occurred at Felele community along Lokoja/Abuja highway involved four tricycles, two motorcycles, three cars, and a bus.
A witness, who identified himself as Moses Johnson, told The Guardian that the accident 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.
The tanker was up in flames when our correspondent got to the scene of the accident, while an official of the federal fire service drafted to Lokoja for the governorship election was making frantic efforts to put out the fire that covered one lane of the highway.
Officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) were also noticed at the scene.
One of the officials who declined to mention his name confirmed that the accident was due to brake failure, adding that 17 people were involved in the accident.
He noted that the victims had been taken to the Federal Medical Centre and Specialist Hospital, both in Lokoja, by FRSC.