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Boat accident on Congo’s Lake Albert kills 12

Boat accident on Congo’s Lake Albert kills 12
Written by Maritime First

…As 2 die, 6 injured in Lagos-Ibadan Expressway accident***

At least, 12 persons were killed in a boat mishap overnight Wednesday,  when a fishing boat carrying passengers and cargo capsized on Lake Albert in north-eastern Congo.

A local official in the district of Djugu, Alingi Akuba said who said that five people survived, blamed the boat’s poor condition for probably causing the accident.

Boat accidents, according to dpa

happen relatively regularly in Congo due to their poor condition and overcrowding.

In another development, two persons were on Tuesday confirmed dead in an accident involving a Mazda bus and a motorcycle around the new Kara Market on the Lagos -Ibadan Expressway.

Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi,  the Public Relations Officer, Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), confirmed the development to newsmen in Abeokuta.

Akinbiyi said that the accident which occurred around 9:30 a.m. was caused by reckless driving and wrongful overtaking on the part of the driver of the bus.

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“Due to reckless driving, the bus marked AME-805 XA  hit the moving Bajaj motorcycle marked SGM-149 V; after that, the bus lost control and rammed into a moving trailer from the rear. The trailer did not stop.

“The bus was transiting from Berger to Ibadan. Eighteen passengers comprising of 13 males and five females were on board the bus when the accident occurred.

“Unfortunately, six people were injured while two male adults,  one from the bus and another from the motorcycle died in the accident,” he said.

The TRACE spokesman said that the injured victims were taken to Victory Hospital, Ogere,  Remo, while the deceased were deposited at the State Hospital’s mortuary in Isara Remo.

 

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