6 killed, 54 injured in Bauchi road crash

The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Bauchi State, Mr Yusuf Abdullahi, on Wednesday said six people lost their lives while 54 sustained injuries in a road crash in the state.

Picture of the Mercedes Benz truck involved in the crash in Bauchi State on Wednesday. [NAN]

Abdullahi said that dangerous overtaking was the probable cause of the crash involving commercial Mercedes Benz truck with 72 male passengers.

“It was a lone fatal accident which involved a Mercedes Benz truck with a plate number AA476MSA conveying 72 traders from Darazo LGA of Bauchi state to Dakuku Market in Gombe state.

“Six people lost their lives on the spot while 54 sustained injuries. The name of the driver is one Alhaji Sa’idu Misau and the probable cause of the accident is dangerous overtaking.

“The truck veered off the road and threw the people away. Some were hung on the truck. It took us hours to carry out the rescue operation,” he said

The Sector Commander further explained that the injured victims had been taken to Darazo General Hospital for medical attention while the corpses of the deceased were deposited in the mortuary of the same hospital.

He cautioned all road users, especially drivers, to be wary of speeding and dangerous overtaking.

Abdullahi added that the corps would not relent in its determination to sensitise road users on safe driving and the need to comply with traffic rules and regulations.

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