A fatal accident involving two commercial vehicles in Bauchi on Monday led to the loss of six lives.
The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Bauchi State, Yusuf Abdullahi, confirmed the incident on Monday.
According to him, 19 others sustained varying degrees of injuries in the incident, which was said to have occurred at Durum village along Bauchi-Kano road.
This incident comes barely four days after five people were killed and three injured in a fatal crash that occurred at Gubi village, along the Bauchi-Kano highway.
Abdullahi said when they were called, it took the FRSC personnel 20 minutes to get to the scene of the crash for a rescue operation.
He said, “The crash occurred this evening (Monday) at Durum village, along Bauchi-Kano federal highway at about 6.42 pm. The crash involved two commercial vehicles, all Ford Galaxy buses. One of them was driven by one Ibrahim Abduljalal and had the registration number JJN 712 YX.
“The name of the driver of the second vehicle and the registration number could not yet be ascertained. The crash was caused by worn-out tyres from one of the vehicles and it affected 24 people comprising 19 male adults, one female adult and one female child.
“When our men got to the scene of the crash 20 minutes after it happened, they rushed the victims to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi for treatment and confirmation.
“When they got there, a medical doctor confirmed six male adults dead. Those who sustained various degrees of injuries are 19 in number – 17 male adults, one female adult and one female child. The corpses were deposited at the morgue at the same hospital, after which they would be released to their relatives for burial.”
Abdullahi said the obstructions on the road were cleared while the vehicles were handed over to the Motor Transport Department of the GRA Police Station.
He urged drivers to avoid recklessness while driving and obey road traffic rules and regulations.
“They should avoid over-speeding and ensure that their vehicles are road-worthy. They should avoid using worn-out tyres and other practices that endanger their lives, other road users and their properties,” he said.