No fewer than 20 people were killed while seven others sustained varying degrees of injuries in multiple road crashes in Bauchi State.
The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Bauchi State, Yusuf Abdullahi, said the crashes occurred on Sunday, December 12
He said that one of the crashes which involved two vehicles, occurred at about 7.00 pm, at Bambal village along Kano-Jama’are highway.
According to Abdullahi, one of the vehicles, an 18-seater Toyota Hummer bus collided with a trailer with number plate: MAD710XA.
He said that the crash which had 10 male adults and six female adults, was caused by speed violation.
“The hummer bus rammed into a moving trailer and it went into flames, killing all the occupants on board. The corpses were taken to General Hospital, Kiyawa where a medical doctor confirmed them dead,” he said.
The Sector Commander said that the other crash, happened at 6.30pm at Duhuwar Kura village, along Azare-Zaki road, killing four passengers.
He added that the crash which also involved a Volkswagen Golf car driven by one Abubakar Haruna and a Bajaj Boxer motorcycle, was caused by speed violation and overloading.
“There were 11 people involved in the crash comprising of nine male adults, one female adult, and one female child
“After the crash, the victims were rushed to the Federal Medical Center, Azare, for confirmation and treatment, where a medical doctor confirmed four male adults dead. Those injured included five male adults, one female adult, and one female child,” he added.
Abdullahi lamented the frequent crashes along routes across the state.
“This accident is very terrible. These crashes are very disturbing. The unfortunate thing is that these people drive past our routes. You know the Azare-Kano road is dualized, so they drive recklessly.
“The problem is speed, they don’t drive within the approved speed limits. It is very unfortunate. We call on drivers to avoid overspeeding and overloading. They should also observe road traffic rules and regulations so that lives and properties that are lost in these crashes will be minimized,” he warned.