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10 die, 2 injured in Bauchi auto crash

BY SEZAN EDEH

BAUCHI — It was another tragic Sunday, yesterday, when at least 10  people were killed while two others sustained injuries when a commercial bus travelling from Bauchi to Abuja collided with an articulated  vehicle.
The accident happened around 9.44 am, along Sabon Gari Nabordo village in Toro Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

It was learnt that the truck and the commercial bus involved had number plates AH 45 JRE and GME 01 XA respectively.
Eyewitnesses said the accident was caused by over-speeding on the part of the commercial bus driver who was overtaking two vehicles in a row.

According to the eyewitness, “The place the accident happened is a very dangerous spot and many people have lost their lives there in the past.
“Most of the drivers shuttling around this express road usually over-speed and this has resulted in casualties.

“We counted 10 people who died on the spot while two others were seriously injured. Three other persons survived the crash as they did not sustain any injury.”
Confirming the incident, the state Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Sector Commander, Mr Henry Olatunji, said that 10 persons were killed while two others sustained injuries.

He said: “All the occupants of the commercial bus were men who were heading to Abuja.
He attributed the crash to wrong overtaking by the driver of the commercial bus who left his lane on top speed and unfortunately collided with the tanker.

 


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