At least 15 persons have reportedly died while 19 others injured in three separate auto crashes in Bauchi and Niger States over the weekend.
WikkiTimes gathered that in one of the accidents along Bauchi-Maiduguri Expressway, 7 persons lost their lives while 14 others were severely injured.
Bauchi State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC) Yusuf Abdullahi while confirming the accident said, “a fatal motor accident that occurred on Saturday, the eve of the new year 2023, claimed 7 lives while 14 others were variously injured.”
He said two vehicles, a VW Sharoon model minibus with the registration number DRZ 47 YZ and a Fiat model Pick-up van used for commercial purposes were involved in the accident at about 1Km away from Badaromo Village along the Bauchi-Maiduguri Expressway.
The Sector Commander said the accident occurred as a result of a speed limit violation and the use of worn-out tyres.
Mr Abdullahi said, “the road traffic crash involved 21 persons comprising 18 Male Adults and 3 Female Adults out of which 7 people comprising 6 male adults and 1 female adult were killed on the spot while 14 people comprising 12 Male Adults and 2 Female Adults were variously injured.”
He said FRSC operatives took the injured victims to the ATBUTH, Bauchi for medical attention while the dead were taken for confirmation and deposited at the morgue.
Similarly, Four persons lost their lives in another accident involving two motorcycles at a junction along the Kurum – Bogoro junction in the Bogoro local government area of Bauchi state.
An eyewitness said that the two motorcyclists who were coming from opposite directions had a head-on collision at the junction leading to the death of four persons while two travellers sustained varying degrees of injuries.
He said before the crash, one of the motorcycles operated without headlights making it difficult for the other rider from the opposite direction to be aware thereby leading to the crash.
A father to one of the victims involved in the accident, Daniel Haruna, who confirmed the crash narrated how his son perished in the accident saying, “yes, my son was killed in the unfortunate accident.
“He and his friend left home yesterday evening to go to a nearby village called Kurum, but, a few minutes later, I received a phone call that they were involved in an accident.
“I went to the hospital and saw his lifeless body. As I am talking to you, we are planning for their burials. The dead people are four in number while those injured are currently receiving treatment at the general hospital, Bogoro.”
Again, 4 persons died and 3 others were injured in a lone road crash in Niger State yesterday.
NAN reports that a truck heading to Kano from Lagos ladened with chemicals with about 47 passengers seating on top was involved in the accident.
“Forty-nine male persons were involved in the accident; four of them died, while three others sustained injuries and 42 escaped unhurt.
“The injured victims were rescued and taken to the General hospital Lapai, while the dead were deposited at the same hospital mortuary in Lapai.
” The vehicle and items recovered were handed over to the Police outpost office at Nami village for safekeeping,” Mr Kumar Tsukwam Niger FRSC Sector Commander said.