December 12, 2022
No fewer than 11 people have lost their lives in separate accidents in Bauchi and Kogi States.
Five people died and five sustained serious injuries in a crash at Rama village, along Darazo-Bauchi Road, Bauchi State.
The Federal Road Safety Corps, Bauchi State Command, confirmed the crash to journalists on Sunday.
The state Sector Commander, Yusuf Abdullahi, said the crash occurred on Saturday, December 10, 2022, around 8.14pm.
According to him, it took men of the FRSC seven minutes to get to the accident scene.
“The crash was caused by wrongful overtaking by one of the drivers. It involved two commercial vehicles — an ash-coloured Toyota bus with the number plate, DRZ 356ZD, and a blue Mercedes Benz articulated trailer, with no number plate, as of the time of the crash.
“When we got the call informing us of the crash, our rescue team rushed to the scene for a rescue operation. They immediately evacuated the victims to the Darazo General Hospital for treatment and confirmation.
“It was there at the hospital that a medical doctor confirmed six of them dead. Six other people sustained different degrees of injury, while only one person escaped unhurt,” Abdullahi stated.
In a related development, six persons lost their lives and 25 were injured in an accident on Saturday in Okene, Kogi State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the lone crash involved an Iveco trailer conveying cows and people.
A source said the accident occurred along the Okene-Ogori Road, just a few kilometres to Ogori, Magongo, adding that 45 people were involved.
The Sector Commander, FRSC, Kogi State, Steve Dawulong, who confirmed the accident, said a joint team of his officers and the police took the victims to Ageva General Hospital, Okene; Ajunko Clinic and Maternity Ibilo; and Ogbagidi General Hospital, Okene.