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25 killed in Niger, Kogi road crashes

25 killed in Niger, Kogi road crashes
25 killed in Niger, Kogi road crashes

Twenty-five people have died in two different accidents that occurred in Niger and Kogi states.

In Niger, 18 people travelling from Lagos to Kano died when their 18-seater bus ran into a broken-down truck.

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City and Crime gathered that the passengers were burnt beyond recognition as the bus went up in flames when it hit the stationary truck.

The accident occurred at Gudan Mangoro village, on the Bida-Minna road, less than two kilometres from Minna, the Niger State capital, at around 3 am on Saturday.

The villagers, who assisted in evacuating the remains of the victims and burying them, blamed the driver of the broken-down car for not putting indicators to alert other road users of the danger ahead.

City and Crime correspondent who visited the scene of the accident reported that the vehicle and its contents were completely burnt.

The Niger State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed the incident.

He said one of the occupants was receiving treatment at the Minna General hospital while 18 people died on the spot.

Meanwhile, seven people also died while five others sustained injuries in a head-on collision involving two vehicles in the wee hours of last Thursday at Akpanya village, along the Abuja-Lokoja highway.

A member of the village, only identified as Shuaibu, said the accident happened around 3:47 am.

He said the driver of an 18-seater Toyota Hiace bus with registration number KTG 76 ZY loaded with passengers lost control of the vehicle and collided with a Daf trailer with registration number KWA 183 ZA.

He said seven passengers, including the bus driver, died on the spot, while five others sustained injuries.

According to him, the rescue team of the Kotonkarfe unit command of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), later arrived at the scene and evacuated the corpses and those injured to a hospital.

Confirming the accident over the phone on Sunday, while speaking with our reporter, the Kotonkarfe unit commander of the FRSC, ACC Adegoroye O. Isaac, said seven people lost their lives while five others sustained injuries in the accident.

He attributed the accident to speeding limit and route violations, even as he said one of the five injured victims later died at a hospital on Saturday, in Kotonkarfe, where the victims were receiving treatment.

“One of the five injured passengers later died on Saturday at the hospital in Kotonkarfe, where the victims are receiving treatment,” he said.

He said the corpses had been deposited at the Kotonkarfe general hospital morgue.

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