No fewer than 18 persons died in an auto crash yesterday at Zakirai town along Kano-Ringim Road in Gabasawa local council of Kano State.
brahim Abdullahi, Sector Commander for Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the state disclosed that twelve other persons sustained injuries in the crash while five escaped unhurt.
Some of the victims were given mass burial at the accident scene, while others were handed over to their relatives.
Abdullahi confirmed in a statement issued by the sector’s spokesman, Abdullahi Labaran that the accident involved two commercial vehicles.
He blamed the accident on excessive speeding, dangerous driving and overloading.
“The accident involved 35 passengers in tge two buses, out of which 18 were burnt beyond recognition while 12 others sustained serious injuries,” he said.
Abdullahi said the injured victims were taken to Murtala Mohammed General Hospital, Kano.
He advised motorists to avoid over speeding, overloading, wrongful overtaking, dangerous driving and any infraction that could lead to road crashes.
The sector commander expressed regret at the magnitude of avoidable road crashes recorded in Kano in the past week.
He warned motorists, particularly intercity and inter-state drivers to desist from overloading, excessive speeding, wrongful overtaking and other traffic violations.
Abdullahi assured that the FRSC would intensify public enlightenment and undertake stringent patrol interventions, including operation of mobile courts to stem the rising tide of intercity auto crashes.