At least two persons have lost their lives in a ghastly auto crash along the ever-busy Jos-Bauchi expressway.
The accident involved seven passengers onboard a green Opel Vectra with registration number JNN 348 NC in Tilde of Toro local government area of Bauchi State.
An eyewitness told WikkiTimes that the accident occurred in the early hours of Saturday when the car plunged into a river located at the outskirt of Tilde at a time when the river was filled with water following a heavy downpour.
He said five other passengers on board the car was reportedly drowned in the river as their corpses could not be found either in the water or by the bank of the river.
He said that three bodies were discovered from the river and the wreckage of the car was lifted out of the river by the community members and passersby who stopped to help members of the community to evacuate the wreckage from the river.
He said that the identity of the passengers and driver is unknown just as the destination of the car was not clear.
Confirming the incident, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, the Police Public Relations Officer Bauchi State Command said two corpses were recovered from the river.
He identified one of the victims as Ibrahim Rabi’u, 41, who hailed from Miya-Barkate of Toro local government adding that the identity of the other corpse “was yet to be identified.”
SP Wakil said that the victims were certified dead by a medical doctor at Toro General Hospital. They were handed over to their relatives for decent burial rites.
“During the search, we came to discover that the Vectra as carrying seven passengers and search is still ongoing for the remaining five passengers on board the car,” he said.
He said that in the course of the search, a wallet was found containing a Voters’ card belonging to one Muhammad Alhassan of Zarmaganda, Jos.