Eight persons have been reportedly killed and many feared dead in multiple road accidents in Bauchi State on Wednesday.
The first accident which involved over 70 traders who were traveling in a trailer from Darazo town, Darazo Local Government Area of the State claimed six lives.
The passengers were on their way to Dukku market in Gombe State.
Those who sustained injuries were rushed to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) and the General Hospital, Darazo for urgent medical attention.
The other accident occurred at Dungulbi village, about 10km away from Bauchi metropolis on the ever-busy Bauchi – Gombe highway.
It involved a Toyota Hummer bus belonging to the National Tourism Development Commission (NTDC) which had a head-on collision with a Sharon commercial bus conveying about 17 passengers to Gombe.
Two persons were said to have died while several persons also sustained injuries.
The third accident had no death recorded but left about eight persons injured. It was said to have occurred along Bauchi -Toro road.
It involved a truck that collided with a Tricycle locally called Keke-Napep
The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Bauchi State, Assistant Corp Commander, Yusuf Abdullahi, who confirmed the multiple crashes said the FRSC had a tough time carrying out a rescue operation.
“Yes, there was an accident this morning involving over 70 people who were in a truck going to Dukku market.
“The truck skidded off the road and threw the people away.
They were hung on the truck. It took us (FRSC) hours to carry out the rescue operation and presently, the victims are being sorted out.
“I cannot tell you the exact number of the casualties but some of the traders have died, about six of them”, he said.
The FRSC official also confirmed the other accidents.