At least 11 persons have been confirmed dead in a fatal crash that occurred on Saturday at about 5.30 pm, at Hawan Jaki village along Alkaleri-Gombe road in Alkaleri local government area of Bauchi State.
The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corp in Bauchi State, Yusuf Abdullahi, who confirmed the incident to journalists on Sunday, said that nine others sustained varying degrees of injuries in the crash that involved 20 people.
To him, the FRSC rescue team arrived at the scene of the crash 15 minutes after they got the report and rushed the victims to the hospital where nine people were confirmed dead by a medical doctor.
He said that two other people who were injured and were receiving treatment in the hospital later died.
Abdullahi said that two commercial vehicles were involved in the unfortunate incident.
He added that one of the vehicles, a Hiace Bus belonging to the Yankari Express of the Bauchi State Government fleet was driven by one Muhammed Musa while the other vehicle, a DAF truck belonged to the Dangote Group of Companies.
“We received a call from a good Samaritan who informed us of a fatal crash that occurred yesterday, Saturday, October 15th, 2022, at Hawan Jaki village, along Alkaleri – Gombe road at 5.30 pm.
“Immediately, our rescue team rushed to the scene within 15 minutes and took the victims to the Alkaleri General Hospital for treatment and confirmation.
“It was at the hospital that a medical doctor confirmed nine people dead while 11 others sustained various degrees of injuries. A total of 20 male adults were involved in the crash.
“A few hours later, an additional report indicated that two more people who were injured died in the hospital while receiving treatment.
“The vehicles are a Hiace Bus belonging to Yankari Express with the registration number: BA114-A28 driven by one Muhammed Musa. The second truck belongs to Dangote Company with registration number: JMU169XA.
“The crash was caused by dangerous driving,” he said.
Abdullahi appealed to motorists to observe traffic regulations, especially during the ember months when there are high volumes of vehicular movements on the roads.
WikkiTimes recalls that a few days ago, we flagged off the 2022 ember months campaigns which have the theme: ‘Avoid Speeding, Unsafe Tyres to Arrive Safely.’ During that event, we called on motorists to be more careful and they should obey all the road traffic regulations laid down so that lives and properties can be saved.