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9 die in Abuja crash, FRSC advises drivers against night trips

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Written by Maritime First

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Nine persons have been confirmed dead and ten others injured in a fatal crash at Yangoji-Abaji road, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.

The Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Bisi Kazeem, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

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Kazeem said the crash involved a Toyota Hiance Bus with vehicle registration number KTG-450 KQ and a Howo Sino truck that took place along Yangoji-Abaji road at about 6:05 a.m. on Sunday.

He said the bus was coming from Osun while heading to Katsina State but unfortunately crashed into a stationary Trailer.

“Twenty-two people were involved in the crash.

They were all males.

Ten were injured and nine were killed.

First aid was given to two.

“The FRSC recovered N3,170, six bags and four mobile phones.

“The rescue was a joint team of zebra 6 Yangoji, zebra 6, 16 Abaji and police.

However, the injured victims were taken to the general hospital, Abaji by zebra 16 and police on patrol.

“While the nine corpses were deposited at a mortuary in General Hospital, Kwali, Abuja and the Nigerian Police Force, (NPF) Kwali division has taken over the investigation,” he said.

Kazeem quoted the Acting Corps Marshal, FRSC, Dauda Biu,  saying that the crash resulted from dangerous overtaking and eventual loss of control.

The Acting Corps Marshal stressed that crashes at night were more fatal than day time.

He reiterated that the corps would redouble its efforts by constantly engaging the motoring public nationwide.

This, he said, would be through aggressive awareness and sensitisation campaign, until the desired result was achieved.

Biu advised vehicle owners to ensure that their vehicles were in order before putting them on the road, to avoid road crashes, especially at night.

In the meantime,  a girl and four adults died in a road accident involving a jeep and a truck at Enugu-Agidi by Awka-Enugu Expressway in Anambra on Sunday night.

Mr Adeoye Irelewuyi, the state commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Anambra, confirmed the incident to the newsmen on Monday in Awka.

Irelewuyi said the accident was caused by speeding and loss of control.

“The fatal crash involved an unidentified driver of a black Lexus with registration number KJA182HS and an unidentified driver of a red truck with no registration number.

” According to an eyewitness report, the truck driver was on speed, he lost control of the vehicle and rammed into the Lexus SUV.

“A total number of five persons – three male adults, a female adult and a female child, were involved in the crash. Five of them were killed.

“FRSC rescue team from the Sector Command took the victims to Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Amaku, Awka, where they were confirmed dead by the doctor on duty and the corpses were deposited at the hospital morgue,” he said.

While condoling with the families of the dead, the Sector Commander warned motorists, especially truck drivers, to avoid speeding and keep to the recommended speed limit.

“Kill the speed before it kills you and drive to arrive alive.

Let us keep our roads safe from crashes, ” he said.


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