20 die in auto accident alongside Kaduna-Abuja expressway



    Scene of a ghastly crash

    By Philip Yatai

    No fewer than 20 folks died in a ghastly motor accident alongside Kaduna-Abuja expressed manner on Sunday evening.

    The Sector Commander of the Federal Roads Safety Corps in Kaduna State, Umar Ibrahim, advised the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Monday that the accident occurred round 7 p.m. at Dutse U-turn, 22 kilometres from Kaduna metropolis.

    Ibrahim mentioned the accident concerned a white DAF articulated car with registration quantity: AJG118XA and a white Toyota HAICE bus with registration quantity: XA866MLF.

    He mentioned that the 16-seater bus was overloaded with 30 passengers, 29 males and a feminine going to the southern a part of the nation.

    He mentioned that the accident occurred when the truck that was coming from Abuja axis was attempting to make a u-turn at Dutse when the bus coming from Kaduna axis rammed into it, killing 17 folks immediately.

    “Ten others sustained injuries and were rushed to the hospital by an FRSC official, where three of them also died.”

    The sector commander mentioned that the truck was going to evacuate cows from a damaged down truck closed to the accident scene.

    He mentioned that the variety of the demise was this excessive as a result of the bus was extraordinarily overloaded.

    “The bus was not solely overloaded with passengers but additionally choked with dismembered bikes belonging to the passengers, “he mentioned.

    He mentioned that the accident precipitated a trafficking gridlock that lasted for about 4 hours, saying, “we had to divert traffic to single lane before we were able to clear the wreckage and allow free flow of traffic.”

    An eye witness, Kabiru Mohammed, advised NAN that he was on his technique to Abuja when he got here throughout the accident.

    “Initially I assumed it was armed theft in progress, as a result of I noticed motorists turning again and taking the opposite lane, earlier than I noticed the articulated car by the u-turn that obstructed visitors.

    “On getting there after I took the opposite lane, I noticed lots of people mendacity useless, whereas FRSC officers had been attempting to take the injured to the hospital.

    “It was actually a horrible sight, “Mohammed mentioned.