Eighteen persons have died in a road accident along Gadar Shiburu Ririwai-Doguwa road in Doguwa Local Government Area of Kano State.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the state said the accident was as a result of a damaged bridge.
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FRSC Sector Commander in Kano, Zubairu Mato, said the accident occurred on Friday when a bridge linking Ririwai and Doguwa broke down as a result of the heavy rainfall.
It was gathered that five passengers, who lost their lives in the crash were from the same family travelling to Dambatta Local Government Area of the state.
The FRSC added that all the dead have been buried according to Islamic rites.
In a related development, seven persons have died in a road accident that occurred in Tilde Fulani town, along the Bauchi-Jos highway, Bauchi State.
It was gathered that the accident, which involved a green Opel Vectra marked JNN 348 NC, happened when the driver lost control and plunged into a river following a torrential rainfall.
A resident, Saleh Musa, told Daily Trust that the crash was caused by a heavy downpour at the weekend.
He said, “After the accident, two corpses were recovered and wreckage of the car was removed from the river by the community and some passersby who intervene in the rescue operation. The remaining passengers were drowned and washed away by the water that flooded the river.”
Bauchi State Police Command confirmed the accident.
The command’s spokesperson, Ahmed Wakil, said the search operation was still ongoing to recover the remaining five passengers who were on board the car.
“Preliminary investigation indicates that the Vectra was carrying seven passengers.
“In the course of the search, a wallet was found containing a permanent voter’s card belonging to one Muhammad Alhassan of Zarmaganda, Jos, Plateau State,” he said.
Wakil said the corpses have been handed over to their relatives for burial.