A tragic road crash on the Kaduna-Abuja expressway has left four people dead and 59 others injured, according to the Federal Road Safety Corps, Kaduna Sector Command.
The Sector Commander, Mr. Kabir Nadabo, conveyed the unfortunate news to the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna.
The accident occurred at Sabon Sara village along the expressway on Tuesday, involving a trailer (Iveco) with registration number MKA99YS, around 03:30 hrs.
“The combined rescue teams of RS1.113 Zhipe and RS1.17 Birnin Yero conducted the rescue,” said Nadabo.
Initial investigations suggested that the crash resulted from overloading of goods and humans, as well as fatigue.
Nadabo revealed, “Further investigation of the incident shows that 73 people were involved in the crash, 59 got injured, and sadly, 4 were deceased.”
The injured individuals have been transported to St. Gerard and AP Smart Hospitals in Kakuri.
In response to the critical corridor that links the North to the South, the Kaduna State Command has activated several measures and homegrown initiatives.
These include the establishment of roadside camps at Kakau and Rigachikun, standby ambulances at strategic locations, and ongoing efforts to create awareness and sensitization among road users on general safety ethics.
Nadabo emphasized the consequences for drivers violating safety regulations, stating, “For the record, I want to inform the public that henceforth, any driver arrested for overloading of goods and humans will be arraigned before the courts for prosecution for endangering the lives and properties of Nigerians.”
He appreciated the Kaduna State Government for its support, interventions in FRSC activities, and the media’s collaboration in promoting safety.
Nadabo urged the public to prioritize safety and collaborate with the FRSC, stating, “Together we can save lives and properties.”
As the yuletide season witnesses increased travel, Nadabo reassured the public that the FRSC is taking all necessary measures to curtail road traffic crashes and protect lives and properties.
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