10 killed, eight injured in Bauchi auto crash

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By SUZAN EDEH Bauchi

No fewer than 10 people were killed while eight others sustained serious injuries in an auto crash along Bauchi— Gombe federal highway yesterday. Some of the victims were from a condolence visit in Jigawa State. The crash was said to have involved 18 people near Alkaleri Local Government Area of Bauchi State, when two cars including a Volkswagen Golf and a Honda had a head-on collision.

Briefing newsmen over the incident in Bauchi, the Acting Sector Commandant of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mahmud Kachalla said the accident occured in the afternoon between Tsohuwar Gwaram village and Alkaleri town in Bauchi state and it involved 18 people in both the Volkswagon Golf car,  a Honda  and a  motorcycle.

Kachalla said, among the 10 people that lost their lives were five female adults, three male adults, a boy and a girl. He also said that out of the eight that sustained injuries,  ‘’five were male adults and one a female adult and two boys.” He attributed the cause of the accident to both over speeding and over loading, adding that the Golf car had eight people who were coming from a condolence visit in Jigawa State and on their way to Alkaleri.

Kachalla said that FRSC personnel stationed in Alkaleri rescued the the injured victims and rushed them to the Alkaleri General Hospital for medical treatment. He then advised motorist to always obey traffic regulations to reduce the rate of accident along the highways especially during this festivity period when there is mass movement of people.

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