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Auto crash kills six, fatally injures eight in Bauchi


Eight die in Bauchi car crash

No fewer than six people have lost their lives in a ghastly car accident along Darazo – Dukku highway in Bauchi State on Thursday, around 11.33 am.

The PUNCH reports that at least eight other people have been left critically injured as a result of the crash which involved two vehicles; a Volkswagen Bus with registration number: KTG-950ZZ and a Peugeot Saloon with registration number: AKK-53CB.

Confirming the incident, Sector Commander, FRSC, Bauchi State, Corp Commander Yusuf Abdullahi, cited overspeeding as the possible cause of the accident that happened about two kilometres away from the Darazo office of the Federal Road Safety Corp.

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The driver of the Volkswagen Bus was identified as Ahmad Umar while the identity of the driver of the Peugeot Saloon remains unknown.

He said that: “The crash happened about two kilometres away from our Darazo office and it involved 18 people, 12 Male Adults, 4 Female Adults and 2 Female Children.

“Immediately we got a distress call, our men from there rushed to the scene of the crash within some few minutes for rescue operation.

“When they got there, they evacuated the victims to the Darazo General Hospital for medical attention.

“It was at the hospital that six people, 5 Male Adults and 1 Female Adult were confirmed dead by a medical doctor.

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“Eight other passengers, made up of 5 Male Adults and 3 Female Adults, sustained varying degrees of injuries. The Police Motor Transport Division in Darazo were also informed.”

He said that the remaining 4 passengers escaped unhurt.

Abdullahi added that corpses were deposited at the Darazo General Hospital mortuary and would immediately be released to the relatives of the deceased for burial.

He said that the obstructions on the road were cleared for other road users to have easy passage while 9 mobile phones and N20,590 cash were recovered at the scene of the crash.

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The FRSC Boss called on drivers to be more careful while driving and should drive within the recommended speed limit especially during this rainy season so that lives and properties would be saved from destruction.

“I wonder how this accident on that road because it is a straight road. So, I call on drivers to be more careful on the road. They should obey road traffic regulations so that loss of lives and properties would be reduced to the barest minimum.

“I am sending a team immediately to the place to investigate the actual cause of the crash,” he said