Though some of the students were hurt, there were no fatalities.
Twenty students of the Sacred Heart’s Secondary School, Kabba, Kogi State, were involved in a road accident along the Okene-Lokoja road on Thursday.
The students, all of them in senior secondary school, were travelling to Lokoja for an award ceremony in a white Toyota Hiace school bus with registration number KOGI 428 KAB when the incident occurred.
A witness said that the accident occurred when the driver of the bus attempted to overtake a truck at a bend in Itakpe Village, in Kogi.
He said that in the process the driver lost control and hit a big tree near the road.
The eye witness, who preferred anonymity, said the driver of the bus was seriously injured, while many of the students sustained fractured arms and legs.
“They were rushed to the General Hospital, Okene for treatment.”
The Principal of the school and Reverend Sister, Mary Agustine, confirmed the accident.
She said that all the injured students and the driver are alive and had been moved from the Okene General Hospital to St John’s, Hospital, Kabba, owned by the Catholic Church.
The principal said that some of the students were critically injured in the mishap, but said that all of them were in stable condition.
The Okene Unit Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Igbogbo Solomon, also confirmed the incident and said that only three of the passengers were critically injured.
He said no death was recorded in the accident, which he said occurred due to over speeding and dangerous overtaking on the part of the driver of the bus.