24 die in Plateau, Bauchi road accidents

ABOUT 24 persons died in separate road accidents that occurred in Plateau and Bauchi states on Thursday, April 27.

In the Jos North Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau State, 10 persons were burnt beyond recognition after a tanker conveying Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) crashed and burst into flames.

Confirming the incident, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Plateau State Police Command Alfred Alabo said the fire affected three other vehicles and two tricycles.

“This afternoon, we received information from a good Samaritan that a tanker conveying PMS lost control, crashed and burst into flames along Bauchi Road Junction. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Bartholomew Onyeka, directed the Angwan Rogo Divisional Police Officer and his team of detectives to immediately move to the scene of the accident.

“Upon arrival, it was discovered that 10 yet to be identified persons were burnt beyond recognition. Their lifeless bodies were later deposited at Plateau Specialist Hospital, Jos,” Alabo noted.

He added that efforts were being made to determine the identity of the charred bodies.

Meanwhile, 14 commuters were also killed and five others, injured in an accident that occurred along the Bauchi-Darazo road, Bauchi.

Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Sector Commander in the state Yusuf Abdullahi said in a report on Thursday that the accident, involving two cars, was caused by over speeding.






     

     

    “Nineteen persons were involved in the fatal road crash comprising 10 female adults, seven male adults, one female child and one male child. Fourteen of them lost their lives on the spot. They include 10 female adults, two male adults, one male child and one female child,” he noted.

    He said the injured persons were receiving treatment at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, where the corpses of the deceased have also been deposited.

    In the first half of 2022, there were 6627 road traffic crashes in the country, according to data by the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

    A total of 10, 579 vehicles were involved in road crashes between January and June 2022.

    Ijeoma Opara is a journalist with The ICIR. Reach her via [email protected] or @ije_le on Twitter.

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